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sway

noun

1 sway

Controlling influence.

Roget 175: influence; importance etc. 642; weight, pressure, preponderance, prevalence, sway; predominance, predominancy; ascendency; dominance, reign; ... show more

Roget 737a: government, legal authority, soveriegn, sovereign authority; authority etc. 737; master etc. 745; direction etc. 693.    [nations] ... show more

Roget 157: power; potency, potentiality; jiva; puissance, might, force, energy etc. 171; dint; right hand, right arm; ... show more



2 sway

Pitching dangerously to one side.

synonyms: careen, rock, tilt.

Polish: wahnięcie

verb

1 sway

Move back and forth or sideways:
— The tall building swayed.

synonyms: rock, shake.

Roget 245: be curved, etc. adj.; curve, sweep, sway, swag, sag; deviate etc. 279; curl, turn; reenter.    ... show more

Roget 315: be agitated &c.; shake; tremble, tremble like an aspen leaf; quiver, quaver, quake, shiver, twitter, twire, writhe, toss, shuffle, ... show more

Dutch: deinen, golven, unduleren

2 sway

Move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner.

synonym: swing.

Dutch: heupwiegen, zwieren

3 sway

Win approval or support for:
— His speech did not sway the voters.

synonyms: carry, persuade.

Roget 615: induce, move; draw, draw on; bring in its train, give an impulse etc. n.; to; inspire; put up to, prompt, call up; attract, ... show more

4 sway

Cause to move back and forth:
— The wind swayed the trees gently.

synonym: rock.

Dutch: wiegen


Moby thesaurus: acme, administration, affect, alternate, amplitude, angle, angle off, angularity, argue into, ascend, ascendancy, authority, authorization, back and fill, bank, be-all and end-all, bear off, bear reign, bend, bias ... show more.

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