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sway

noun

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1 the power to bring about a result on another
  • under the sway of euphoria, she offered to take us all out to dinner in celebration of her new job

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2 the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly
  • outdated attitudes that still hold sway in some communities

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3 the right or means to command or control others
  • a time when Rome held sway over a vast empire that stretched from Britain to the Near East

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sway

verb

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1 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response
  • how can you not be swayed by that precious kitten, meowing as if to say, "Please take me home with you?"

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2 to make a series of unsteady side-to-side motions
  • the way the ski lift was swaying in the wind made me nervous

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3 archaic to exercise authority or power over
  • an epic novel set in the days when Rome swayed the Western world

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Noun

power, authority, jurisdiction, control, command, sway, dominion mean the right to govern or rule or determine. power implies possession of ability to wield force, authority, or influence. the power to mold public opinion authority implies power for a specific purpose within specified limits. granted the authority to manage her estate jurisdiction applies to official power exercised within prescribed limits. the bureau having jurisdiction over parks control stresses the power to direct and restrain. you are responsible for the students under your control command implies the power to make arbitrary decisions and compel obedience. the army officer in command sway suggests the extent of exercised power or influence. the empire extended its sway over the region dominion stresses sovereign power or supreme authority. given dominion over all the animals

Verb

swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, waver, undulate mean to move from one direction to its opposite. swing implies a movement of something attached at one end or one side. the door suddenly swung open sway implies a slow swinging or teetering movement. trees swaying in the breeze oscillate stresses a usually regular alternation of direction. an oscillating fan vibrate suggests the rapid oscillation of an elastic body under stress or impact. the vibrating strings of a piano fluctuate suggests constant irregular changes of level, intensity, or value. fluctuating interest rates waver stresses irregular motion suggestive of reeling or tottering. the exhausted runner wavered before collapsing undulate suggests a gentle wavelike motion. an undulating sea of grass

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