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Definition of sway verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sway
    he / she / it sways
    past simple swayed
    -ing form swaying
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  1. 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. 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.
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