Definition of wield in English:



  • 1 Hold and use (a weapon or tool)

    ‘a masked raider wielding a handgun’
    • ‘I have never had any general fight training, so each time I have to wield a weapon I start from scratch.’
    • ‘The figure wielded her weapon expertly, a large meat-cutting knife, and the man was down shortly.’
    • ‘It did not help that it had been years since he had wielded any weapon other then a small dagger.’
    • ‘This bandit was a lot bigger than the other bandits and he wielded his weapons with skill.’
    • ‘Here and there lay the bodies of a few raiders, killed by desperate farmers wielding crude weapons.’
    • ‘The graceful lines of the woodwork seemed at odds with the rough hands that wielded the tools.’
    • ‘Security guards were robbed at gunpoint by raiders wielding a sawn-off shotgun and a pistol.’
    • ‘He ran across the battle field, wielding no weapon except for a small knife.’
    • ‘The men wielded their weapons with the easy skill of long experience.’
    • ‘He paused in his assent, wielding the weapon with a skill that surely took years of training.’
    • ‘It was really quite remarkable to watch, and she stared in awe as he wielded his weapon with expert precision and timing.’
    • ‘The most impressive new feature is the ability to wield two weapons at once.’
    • ‘Yes, it works; yes outcome is dependent on the skills of the person wielding the tools.’
    • ‘But, as far as I remember, I could not recall any princess that wields a weapon.’
    • ‘Which daring seekers will wield those tools, and to what effect?’
    • ‘She pulled her staff from its bindings on her back, and was stunned momentarily as the other wielded a similar weapon.’
    • ‘She was strong and could wield any weapon that was handed to her.’
    • ‘The warrior goddess, riding upon a lion and wielding a weapon in each of her 10 arms.’
    • ‘Lucifer once wielded this weapon, but was defeated and the sword was sealed away using a sealing key.’
    • ‘During his evidence Akhtar denied hitting anyone or wielding any weapons himself.’
    brandish, flourish, wave, twirl, display, flaunt, hold aloft, show off, swing, shake
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    1. 1.1Have and be able to use (power or influence)
      ‘faction leaders wielded enormous influence within the party’
      • ‘Was that Cabinet minister under a misapprehension or do you actually wield power or influence?’
      • ‘It wields enormous power over all aspects of government.’
      • ‘The Royal Company of Archers is a group of mostly elderly men who dress up for ceremonial events, but they also wield power and influence.’
      • ‘He wields enormous influence and has appointed himself as surrogate spokesman for the Democratic opposition.’
      • ‘This is despite the fact that even today a district collector wields enormous power.’
      • ‘These fifty-somethings have plans, and the spending power to wield influence.’
      • ‘The security guard is omnipotent, and he wields his enormous power with relish - only he can decide who gets to step inside.’
      • ‘In the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan wielded enormous influence within the national Democratic Party.’
      • ‘As a leading shareholder, he wields power and influence himself, and has not been afraid to use it.’
      • ‘They ministered to the religious needs of the people and were able to wield considerable influence.’
      • ‘This also holds entirely for the party that wields the state power within the boundaries of the USSR.’
      • ‘Many hope that the province will be able to wield some influence with Ottawa when it comes to allocation of the resource next year.’
      • ‘Now, more than ever, we need to continue our growth as a political force so that we may one day be able to wield the power the Supreme Court has given us today.’
      • ‘Such agreement cannot be spontaneous, so who wields influence within the Council, and what form does this influence take?’
      • ‘The second claim is that corporations wield massive power over nation states.’
      • ‘How will the new editors wield their enormous influence on the local book world?’
      • ‘The government wields enormous power over the economy, and industrialists are always looking for ways to promote their interests.’
      • ‘He has many connections within the American and Israeli intelligence community, wields much influence and carries a large following.’
      • ‘The Protestant public also wielded the power to obscure their influence in the public sphere and redefine the terms of public debate.’
      • ‘He wields enormous power just by being the manager of Celtic, but so far has let his on-field record do the talking.’
      exercise, exert, be possessed of, have, have at one's disposal, hold, maintain, command, control, manage, be in charge of
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Old English wealdan, wieldan ‘govern, subdue, direct’, of Germanic origin; related to German walten.