- Sway is a rhythmic back and forth movement.
An example of sway is the act of moving rhythmically from side to side.
- To sway is to move rhythmically back and forth or to influence someone's behavior, action or thoughts.
- An example of sway is when you move back and forth with a baby in your arms to try to relax the baby.
- An example of sway is when you try, and succeed, to convince someone to share your political views by giving them details about your party.
sway definition by Webster's New World
- to swing or move from side to side or to and fro
- to vacillate or alternate between one position, opinion, etc. and another
- to lean or incline to one side; veer
- Obsolete to incline or tend in judgment or opinion
- Old Poet. to rule; reign; hold sway
Origin: Middle English sweyen ; from Old Norse sveigja, to turn, bend: for Indo-European base see swathe
- to cause to swing or move from side to side
- to cause to vacillate
- to cause to lean or incline to one side
- to cause (a person, an opinion, actions, etc.) to be inclined a certain way or be turned from a given course; influence or divert: swayed by promises
- to wield (a scepter, etc.)
- to rule over or control; dominate
- Naut. to hoist (a mast, etc.) into place: usually with up
- a swaying or being swayed; movement to the side; a swinging, leaning, fluctuation, etc.
- influence, force, or control: moved by the sway of passion
- sovereign power or authority; rule; dominion
- swayer noun
sway definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb swayed, sway·ing, sways verb, intransitive
- To swing back and forth or to and fro. See Synonyms at swing.
- To incline or bend to one side; veer: She swayed and put out a hand to steady herself.
- a. To incline toward change, as in opinion or feeling.b. To fluctuate, as in outlook.
- To cause to swing back and forth or to and fro.
- To cause to incline or bend to one side.
- Nautical To hoist (a mast or yard) into position.
- a. To divert; deflect.b. To exert influence on or control over: His speech swayed the voters.
- Archaic a. To rule or govern.b. To wield, as a weapon or scepter.
- The act of moving from side to side with a swinging motion.
- Power; influence.
- Dominion or control.
Origin: Middle English sweien, probably of Scandinavian origin.
- swayˈer noun
- swayˈing·ly adverb
sway - Phrases/Idioms