- 1Hold and use (a weapon or tool): a masked raider wielding a handgunMore example sentences
- Security guards were robbed at gunpoint by raiders wielding a sawn-off shotgun and a pistol.
- He ran across the battle field, wielding no weapon except for a small knife.
- Here and there lay the bodies of a few raiders, killed by desperate farmers wielding crude weapons.
- 1.1Have and be able to use (power or influence): faction leaders wielded enormous influence within the partyMore example sentences
exercise, exert, hold, maintain, command, control
- 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.
- As a leading shareholder, he wields power and influence himself, and has not been afraid to use it.
- Was that Cabinet minister under a misapprehension or do you actually wield power or influence?
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- Key to the success of such narratives is the existence of a disenfranchised population who want to be liberated and can be re-imagined as legitimate wielders of state power.
- It silenced his critics, confounded his doubters and forced those knife wielders to return those implements to their dusty habitats for another day.
- They savoured the preparations along with their friends, and watched the willow wielders and the bowlers display their prowess.
Old English wealdan, wieldan 'govern, subdue, direct', of Germanic origin; related to German walten.