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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?

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