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wield

verb [T] uk   /wiːld/ us  
C2 to hold a weapon or tool and look as if you are going to use it: She was confronted by a man wielding a knife.Using and misusing wield influence, power, etc. C2 to have a lot of influence or power over other people: He still wields enormous influence within the party.Using and misusing
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