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swayverb

uk   /sweɪ/  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/back and forth. 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   /sweɪ/  us   /sweɪ/ formal
(Definition of sway from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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swayverb

 us   /sweɪ/
  • sway verb (MOVE)

[I] to move slowly from side to side: The trees sway in the wind.
  • sway verb (PERSUADE)

[T] to persuade someone to believe or to do something: Were you swayed by her arguments?

swaynoun [U]

 us   /sweɪ/
  • sway noun [U] (MOVEMENT)

a slow movement from side to side: The car showed lots of sway in crosswinds.
  • sway noun [U] (ABILITY TO PERSUADE)

the ability to persuade: As a young musician, he fell under the sway of Louis Armstrong. Large corporations hold sway with Congress.
(Definition of sway from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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