- 1wield something to have and use power, authority, etc. She wields enormous power within the party.
- 2wield something to hold something, ready to use it as a weapon or tool synonym brandish He was wielding a large knife. Word Origin Old English wealdan, wieldan ‘govern, subdue, direct’, of Germanic origin; related to German walten.
BrE BrE//wiːld//; NAmE NAmE//wiːld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wield
BrE BrE//wiːld//; NAmE NAmE//wiːld//he / she / it wields
BrE BrE//wiːldz//; NAmE NAmE//wiːldz//past simple wielded
BrE BrE//ˈwiːldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːldɪd//past participle wielded
BrE BrE//ˈwiːldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːldɪd//-ing form wielding
BrE BrE//ˈwiːldɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːldɪŋ//