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"sway" in British English

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swayverb

uk   us   /sweɪ/
  • sway verb (MOVE)

[I] to ​moveslowly from ​side to ​side: The ​trees were swaying in the ​wind. The ​movement of the ​shipcaused 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 ​stayupright. [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 ​speechfailed to sway her ​colleagues intosupporting the ​plan.

swaynoun [U]

uk   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 ​slowmovement from ​side to ​side: The ​carshowedlots of sway in crosswinds.
  • sway noun [U] (ABILITY TO PERSUADE)

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