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wield

wield

 
pronunciation:
wild
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wielded, wielding, wields
definition 1: to handle and use (a weapon, tool, or the like), esp. with power or control.
She'd had plenty of practice, and she knew how to wield a gun.The crowd moved back as the man wielded the baseball bat.His father had taught him how to wield an axe.
synonyms:
ply
similar words:
brandish, flourish, handle, manage, manipulate, operate, use
definition 2: to exert or use (influence, power, or the like).
He wields authority with a heavy hand.The duke wielded a great deal of influence at court.
synonyms:
exert
similar words:
apply, employ, exercise, use
derivations: wieldable (adj.), wielder (n.)