Definition of wield
- wield a broom
- wield influence
- did not wield appropriate credentials
- —G. W. Bonham
The man was wielding a gun.
Can he wield a hammer?
He wields a great deal of influence over his students.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: to hold (something, such as a tool or weapon) in your hands so that you are ready to use it
: to have and use (power, influence, etc.)
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