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sway

  

      vb  
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  
      n  
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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