1 bend, fluctuate, incline, lean, lurch, oscillate, rock, roll, swing, wave
2 affect, control, direct, dominate, govern, guide, induce, influence, persuade, prevail on, win over
3 ascendency, authority, clout (informal) command, control, dominion, government, influence, jurisdiction, power, predominance, rule, sovereignty
4 hold sway predominate, prevail, reign, rule, run
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sway ( sways 3rd person present) ( swaying present participle) ( swayed past tense & past participle )
1 verb When people or things sway, they lean or swing slowly from one side to the other.
The people swayed back and forth with arms linked... V adv/prep
The whole boat swayed and tipped. V
...a coastal highway lined with tall, swaying palm trees. V-ing
2 verb If you are swayedby someone or something, you are influenced by them.
Don't ever be swayed by fashion. be V-ed
...last minute efforts by the main political parties to sway the voters in tomorrow's local elections. V n
3 If someone or something holds sway, they have great power or influence over a particular place or activity.
sb/sth holds sway phrase V inflects, oft PHR over n
South of the Usk, a completely different approach seems to hold sway...
4 If you are under the swayof someone or something, they have great influence over you.
under the sway of sb/sth phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
How mothers keep daughters under their sway is the subject of the next five sections.
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