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sway

sway

 
 
pronunciation:
sweI
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: swayed, swaying, sways
definition 1: to swing back and forth or from side to side; rock.
She swayed in time to the music.
synonyms:
rock
similar words:
oscillate, reel, roll, swing, totter, vacillate, waver, wobble, yaw
definition 2: to move or incline to one side or direction; veer; lean.
The tree swayed in the fierce wind.
similar words:
lean, list, rock, slant, swerve, tilt, tip, veer, yaw
definition 3: to be attracted in sympathy or opinion.
He's swaying toward the other party's policies.
synonyms:
lean
similar words:
bend, incline, move
definition 4: to hesitate in a decision or opinion; waver.
synonyms:
vacillate, waver
similar words:
equivocate, fluctuate, halt, hem, hem and haw, hesitate, stagger, waffle, wobble
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to cause to swing back and forth or from side to side.
synonyms:
swing
similar words:
push, rock, roll, shake
definition 2: to cause to move or incline to one side or direction.
similar words:
incline, lean, tilt, tip, yaw
definition 3: to cause to hesitate in or change a decision or opinion.
Her speech swayed them to change their vote.
synonyms:
cause, induce, influence
similar words:
argue, bend, budge, convince, motivate, move, persuade, prompt, swing
definition 4: to exercise influence over (a person, emotions, opinions, or the like).
Their feelings were powerfully swayed by the speech.
synonyms:
influence
similar words:
argue, carry, crowd, govern, guide, lobby, move, rock, stir, swing, touch
definition 5: to divert or deflect (someone or something) from the original direction taken.
synonyms:
divert
similar words:
deflect, dissuade, distract
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act or instance of swaying.
similar words:
influence, rock, shake, swing
definition 2: sovereignty or authority; dominating influence; control.
The vice president holds sway over many aspects of the business.
synonyms:
authority, control, dominance, power
similar words:
influence, say
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derivations: swayable (adj.), swayingly (adv.), swayer (n.)
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