wield

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English welden, from Old English wieldan (to control), from Proto-Germanic *waldijaną.

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wield (third-person singular simple present wields, present participle wielding, simple past and past participle wielded)

  1. (obsolete) To command, rule over; to possess or own.
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London]: Enprynted and fynysshed in thabbey Westmestre [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur by Syr Thomas Malory; the Original Edition of William Caxton Now Reprinted and Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by H. Oskar Sommer, Ph.D.; with an Essay on Malory’s Prose Style by Andrew Lang, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      , Bk.V, Ch.7:
      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.

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Saterland Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian wilde, from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz. More at wild.

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wield

  1. wild

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wieldan (to control), a derivative of wealdan "to govern", from Germanic *walt-. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vålla.

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wield

  1. To control, to guide or manage.