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English verb: wield

1. wield (possession) have and exercise

SamplesWield power and authority.

Synonymsexert, maintain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)have, have got, hold

2. wield (contact) handle effectively

SamplesThe burglar wielded an axe.
The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well.

Synonymshandle, manage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)manipulate

Narrower (hyponym)ply, pump, sweep, swing, swing out

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