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Meaning & Definition of Sway in English

English

Sway

/swe/

noun

1. Controlling influence

    synonym:
  • sway

2. Pitching dangerously to one side

    synonym:
  • rock
  • ,
  • careen
  • ,
  • sway
  • ,
  • tilt

verb

1. Move back and forth or sideways

  • "The ship was rocking"
  • "The tall building swayed"
  • "She rocked back and forth on her feet"
    synonym:
  • rock
  • ,
  • sway
  • ,
  • shake

2. Move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

  • "He swung back"
    synonym:
  • swing
  • ,
  • sway

3. Win approval or support for

  • "Carry all before one"
  • "His speech did not sway the voters"
    synonym:
  • carry
  • ,
  • persuade
  • ,
  • sway

4. Cause to move back and forth

  • "Rock the cradle"
  • "Rock the baby"
  • "The wind swayed the trees gently"
    synonym:
  • rock
  • ,
  • sway

Examples of using

Tall buildings may sway in a strong wind.