- 1Move or cause to move slowly or rhythmically backward and forward or from side to side: [no object]: he swayed slightly on his feet (as adjective swaying) swaying palm trees [with object]: wind rattled and swayed the treesMore example sentences
- Guitarist McGarvey sways backwards and forwards on his wah-wah pedal as the nine-piece band with full horn section segues seamlessly from Shaft to Bullitt.
- When the length of the sentence was then announced, Coltman appeared visibly stunned, swaying backwards and forwards.
- The lanterns were loosely hanging on strings through the cherry trees, slowly swaying in the gentle breeze.
- 1.1 [with object] Control or influence (a person or course of action): he’s easily swayed by other peopleMore example sentences
- The trouble is a strong leader with persuasive oratory can easily sway simple folk who have little ability or even inclination to make up their own minds on issues.
- At the age she was then, she was easily swayed in one direction or another and Mr Jones was a cinch.
- Consequently, if you are easily swayed, then never try to engage in polite conversation but hang up the phone immediately.
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- 1A rhythmical movement from side to side: the easy sway of her hipsMore example sentences
- His rhythmic sway and conservative movements reflect his roots-based origins.
- I could feel every sway of Will's hips, and every suggestive movement he made with his feet.
- The breeze whipped through the room and made fire sway side to side over splintered wood as it shrieked and sweltered, then fell.
- 2Rule; control: the part of the continent under Russia’s swayMore example sentences
- Antioch held Edessa and Tripoli under its sway and was ruled by Normans.
- What gives him the right to hold so much sway and power over Montserrat and the lives of Montserratians?
- By 1018, the whole of Bulgaria had fallen once more under the sway of Byzantine rule.
- Have great power or influence over a particular person, place, or domain.More example sentences
- Not only does this oligarchy of permanent interests (or call it ‘elite consensus’) control all levers of power, it also holds sway over the country's resources.
- Andalucia is a traditional, rural society where, despite all evidence of macho posturing, the power of the matriarch holds sway.
- Ultimately, it is because the influences holding sway are far deeper than simply editorial decisions about how journalists cover particular stories.
Middle English: corresponding in sense to Low German swājen 'be blown to and fro' and Dutch zwaaien 'swing, walk in a tottering way'.