If you wield a tool or a weapon, you handle it effectively. Picture a gallant knight wielding a sword or a skillful chef wielding a whisk.

You don't just have to wield something physical; you can also wield or exert influence or authority. Wield is frequently followed by the word power. If you were a king, you could wield great power in your kingdom — exerting your influence over everything from food rations to castle upkeep. As it is, though, you might just wield power over your pet goldfish. Note: wield follows the i before e, except after c spelling rule.

Definitions of wield
  1. verb
    handle effectively
    synonyms: handle, manage
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    wield vigorously
    operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal
    sweep, swing, swing out
    make a big sweeping gesture or movement
    give a spurt of fuel to
    type of:
    hold something in one's hands and move it
  2. verb
    have and exercise
    wield power and authority”
    synonyms: exert, maintain
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    type of:
    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
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