Share this entry

Share this page

wield

Pronunciation: /wiːld/

Translation of wield in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (handle, use) [sword] blandir, empuñar I taught him how to wield a knife and fork le enseñé a usar or manejar los cubiertos
    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.
    1.2 (exert) [power/authority] ejercer*
    Example sentences
    • 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?

Definition of wield in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day anoche
adv
last night …
Cultural fact of the day

The Defensor del pueblo is an ombudsman nominated by the Spanish Parliament to defend the rights of citizens against government maladministration. If he upholds a complaint he advises the administration on appropriate compensation. This post, under the same name, also exists in some Latin American countries.