- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move slowly from side to side; to move something in this way (+ adv./prep.) The branches were swaying in the wind. Vicky swayed and fell. sway something (+ adv./prep.) They danced rhythmically, swaying their hips to the music.
- 2 [transitive, often passive] sway somebody to persuade someone to believe something or do something synonym influence He's easily swayed. She wasn't swayed by his good looks or his glib talk.
NAmE//sweɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sway
he / she / it sways
past simple swayed
-ing form swaying