Pronunciation Verb

wield (wields, present participle wielding; past and past participle wielded)

  1. (obsolete) To command, rule over; to possess or own.
    • a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum 7”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book V, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗:
      There was never kyng sauff myselff that welded evir such knyghtes.
  2. (obsolete) To control, to guide or manage.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.10:
      With such his chearefull speaches he doth wield / Her mind so well, that to his will she bends […].
  3. To handle with skill and ease, especially a weapon or tool.
  4. To exercise (authority or influence) effectively.
Translations Translations
  • French: exercer
  • German: Einfluss ausüben
  • Portuguese: exercer
  • Russian: вла́ствовать
  • Spanish: ejercer

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