Definition of wield in English:

wield

verb

[with object]
  • 1Hold and use (a weapon or tool)

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

Old English wealdan, wieldan ‘govern, subdue, direct’, of Germanic origin; related to German walten.

Pronunciation

wield

/wiːld/