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



    BrE BrE//sweɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sweɪ//
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  1. 1a movement from side to side The sway of the yacht was making her feel sick.
  2. 2(literary) power or influence over somebody Rebel forces hold sway over much of the island. She was brought up under the sway of Communism. He was quick to exploit those who fell under his sway. Traditional attitudes still hold sway in the region.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: corresponding in sense to Low German swājen ‘be blown to and fro’ and Dutch zwaaien ‘swing, walk totteringly’.
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