I might have more power than you, but if you wield it more effectively you might exercise more influence in certain settings.
I wield a whip and at the end of the song, I tell the boys to bend over.
Dame Helen Mirren comes out of CIA retirement to wield her weapon in Red, which hits theaters this weekend.
It is not yet clear how much power women now wield within the criminal underworld.
It has become harder to wield power and easier to lose it, and the world is becoming less predictable as a result.
How to act with people who wield political influence or those who, even if not rich, may be serviceable.
My ambition is to wield the power that only the possession of vast wealth confers.
It was because boys understand fully the force of example, and can wield it with great power to secure their ends.
He knew what she desired and what weapons she could wield wherewith to subdue his will.
So great an influence does it wield in modern industrial life that it is often called King Cotton.
Old English weldan (Mercian), wieldan, wealdan (West Saxon) "to govern, possess, have control over" (class VII strong verb; past tense weold, past participle gewealden), merged with weak verb wyldan, both from Proto-Germanic *wal-t- (cf. Old Saxon and Gothic waldan, Old Frisian walda "to govern, rule," Old Norse valda "to rule, wield, to cause," Old High German waltan, German walten "to rule, govern").
The Germanic words probably are from PIE *waldh- (cf. Old Church Slavonic vlado "to rule," vlasti "power;" Lithuanian veldu "to rule, possess"), from root *wal- "to be strong, to rule" (see valiant).