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swayverb

uk   us   /sweɪ/

sway verb (MOVE)

[I] to move slowly from side to side: The trees were swaying in the wind. The movement of the ship caused the mast to sway from side to side/backwards and forwards. A drunk was standing in the middle of the street, swaying uncertainly and trying hard to stay upright. [T] to cause something to move or change: Recent developments have swayed the balance of power in the region.

sway verb (PERSUADE)

[T] to persuade someone to believe or do one thing rather than another: Her speech failed to sway her colleagues into supporting the plan.

swaynoun [U]

uk   us   /sweɪ/ formal
control or influence: In the 1980s, the organization came under the sway of (= became strongly influenced by) Christian fundamentalism. Her parents no longer seem to have much sway over her. The party could hold sway (= have an important influence) on some crucial votes.
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