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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wield mean? 

WIELD (verb)
  The verb WIELD has 2 senses:

1. have and exercise
2. handle effectively

  Familiarity information: WIELD used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WIELD (verb)

Sense 1wield [BACK TO TOP]


Have and exercise

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning


wield; exert; maintain

Context example:

wield power and authority

Hypernyms (to "wield" is one way to...):

have; have got; hold (have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2wield [BACK TO TOP]


Handle effectively

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


wield; handle

Context example:

The burglar wielded an axe

Hypernyms (to "wield" is one way to...):

manipulate (hold something in one's hands and move it)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wield"):

ply (wield vigorously)

pump (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)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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