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wield

[ weeld ]SEE DEFINITION OF wield

Synonyms for wield

  • apply
  • brandish
  • employ
  • exert
  • handle
  • maintain
  • manipulate
  • operate
  • possess
  • swing
  • command
  • conduct
  • exercise
  • flourish
  • have
  • hold
  • manage
  • maneuver
  • ply
  • shake
  • throw
  • utilize
  • wave
  • work
  • have at one's disposal
  • make use of
  • put to use
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Antonyms for wield

  • ignore
  • misuse
  • neglect
  • cease
  • fail
  • idle
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WIELD

Did he have the brains to wield this money and make it mean something to the world?

And since his son is of an age too tender to wield the sceptre, the boy's mother does it in his name.

He was ignorant of the irresistible power which the dirty "saint" could wield.

Do you realize how strong a man has to be to wield such a weight as that lump of metal?

The mass of glass was also very heavy for the blower to wield.

My ambition is to wield the power that only the possession of vast wealth confers.

It is not fit that such fair hands should be obliged to wield the rod.'

He knew what she desired and what weapons she could wield wherewith to subdue his will.

Do you like the sound of the line, “I wield the flail of the lashing hail”?

But already they had begun to wield an influence on the affairs of the nation.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English weldan (Mercian), wieldan, wealdan (West Saxon) "to govern, possess, have control over" (class VII strong verb; past tense weold, past participle gewealden), merged with weak verb wyldan, both from Proto-Germanic *wal-t- (cf. Old Saxon and Gothic waldan, Old Frisian walda "to govern, rule," Old Norse valda "to rule, wield, to cause," Old High German waltan, German walten "to rule, govern").

The Germanic words probably are from PIE *waldh- (cf. Old Church Slavonic vlado "to rule," vlasti "power;" Lithuanian veldu "to rule, possess"), from root *wal- "to be strong, to rule" (see valiant).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WIELD

brandish

verbflaunt, swing around
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