Definition of sway verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sway

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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 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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: corresponding in sense to Low German swājen ‘be blown to and fro’ and Dutch zwaaien ‘swing, walk totteringly’.Extra examples Couples were swaying to the rhythm of the music. He swayed back and forth like a drunken man. He will not easily be swayed by argument. The cow’s udder swayed from side to side as she walked along. The curtains swayed gently in the breeze. The stage swayed alarmingly under their weight. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by emotion. He’s easily swayed. His previous experience of playing against New Zealand probably swayed the decision to select him. She noticed that he was swaying slightly. She swayed her hips in time to the music. The branches of the trees were swaying in the wind. The panel was not swayed by his arguments. The speech was important in swaying public opinion.
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