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 for wield
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wield \Wield\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wielded; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Wielding.] [OE. welden to govern, to have power over, to
     possess, AS. geweldan, gewyldan, from wealdan; akin to OS.
     waldan, OFries. walda, G. walten, OHG. waltan, Icel. valda,
     Sw. v[*a]lla to occasion, to cause, Dan. volde, Goth. waldan
     to govern, rule, L. valere to be strong. Cf. Herald,
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     1. To govern; to rule; to keep, or have in charge; also, to
        possess. [Obs.]
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              When a strong armed man keepeth his house, all
              things that he wieldeth ben in peace. --Wyclif (Luke
                                                    xi. 21).
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              Wile [ne will] ye wield gold neither silver ne money
              in your girdles.                      --Wyclif
                                                    (Matt. x. 9.)
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     2. To direct or regulate by influence or authority; to
        manage; to control; to sway.
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              The famous orators . . . whose resistless eloquence
              Wielded at will that fierce democraty. --Milton.
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              Her newborn power was wielded from the first by
              unprincipled and ambitions men.       --De Quincey.
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     3. To use with full command or power, as a thing not too
        heavy for the holder; to manage; to handle; hence, to use
        or employ; as, to wield a sword; to wield the scepter.
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              Base Hungarian wight! wilt thou the spigot wield!
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              Part wield their arms, part curb the foaming steed.
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              Nothing but the influence of a civilized power could
              induce a savage to wield a spade.     --S. S. Smith.
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     To wield the scepter, to govern with supreme command.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: have and exercise; "wield power and authority" [syn:
           wield, exert, maintain]
      2: handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young
         violinist didn't manage her bow very well" [syn: wield,
         handle, manage]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "wield":
     brandish, come in contact, conduct, control, dispense, do with,
     employ, exercise, exert, feel, feel of, finger, flap, flaunt,
     flick, float, flourish, flutter, fly, handle, make use of, manage,
     maneuver, manipulate, operate, palm, palpate, paw, play, ply,
     poke at, practice, prod, put out, shake, swing, tap, throw, thumb,
     touch, twiddle, undulate, use, utilize, wag, wave, wigwag, work

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