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Definition to have or use
The exact meaning of wield can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "to wield an ax" — to have it in hand
  • "to wield power or influence" — to have or exercise power or influence
  • She wields little authority, but much influence in the company.
wields = holds and uses, or has and is able to use
  • That made me think of Phoebe and the lunatic, and I said, "If I were walking in Phoebe's moccasins, I would have to believe in a lunatic and an axe-wielding Mrs. Cadaver to explain my mother's disappearance."
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • wielding = holding
  • I will not take the Ring to wield it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • wield = use its power
  • I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • wield = use
  • wield power and authority
  • The burglar wielded an axe
  • In bayonet training throughout the world, the soldier who wields the bayoneted rifle is ordered to scream as he drives the blade through.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Screaming at the top of his lungs, he wielded his huge knife with both hands above his head and rushed forward, straight for his monster.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • In battle they wielded heavy two-handed mattocks; but each of them had also a short broad sword at his side and a round shield slung at his back.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Can I be so weak as to imagine that Mr. Micawber, wielding the rod of talent and of power in Australia, will be nothing in England?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "My friend, my father," said Morrel with excitement, "have a care, I again repeat, for the power you wield over me alarms me.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Lives to them were tools and weapons to be wielded against a hostile land and climate.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • They swarm in among the children, wielding medical kits.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Your blood will strengthen the crafting and ensure that only you can wield this weapon.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • One minister, shortly after arriving at his hotel, answered a knock on his door and was beaten unconscious by two men wielding baseball bats.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • It is he who wields it with his pen.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Never had she wielded her imaginative powers so precisely, so intensely, or for so long a time.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Suddenly he felt a searing burn across his back, and turned to see a second cultist wielding a jagged piece of rebar.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Although they were almost the same age, Ezinma wielded a strong influence over her half-sister.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart

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