Definition of wield verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wield

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1wield something to have and use power, authority, etc. She wields enormous power within the party.
  2. 2wield something to hold something, ready to use it as a weapon or tool synonym brandish He was wielding a large knife.
  3. Word Origin Old English wealdan, wieldan ‘govern, subdue, direct’, of Germanic origin; related to German walten.
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