- 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 somebody to believe something or do something synonym influence He's easily swayed. She wasn't swayed by his good looks or his clever talk. Word Origin Middle English: corresponding in sense to Low German swājen
BrE BrE//sweɪ//; NAmE NAmE//sweɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sway
BrE BrE//sweɪ//; NAmE NAmE//sweɪ//he / she / it sways
BrE BrE//sweɪz//; NAmE NAmE//sweɪz//past simple swayed
BrE BrE//sweɪd//; NAmE NAmE//sweɪd//past participle swayed
BrE BrE//sweɪd//; NAmE NAmE//sweɪd//-ing form swaying
BrE BrE//ˈsweɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsweɪɪŋ//