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sway

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sway

  1. 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 Synonyms of sway impact, influence, mark, repercussion, effectWords Related to sway authority, clout, prestige, pull, weight; command, domination, dominion, mastery; consequence, importance, significance; sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacyNear Antonyms of sway helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  2. 2 the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly outdated attitudes that still hold sway in some communities Synonyms of sway authority, clout, credit, heft, in, juice [slang], leverage, pull, influence, weightWords Related to sway counterinfluence; command, dominance, dominion, mastery, predominance, reign, scepter, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy; consequence, eminence, importance, moment; impact, impress, impression, imprint, markNear Antonyms of sway helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  3. 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 Synonyms of sway arm, authority, clutch, command, control, death grip, dominion, grip, hold, mastery, reign, rein(s), powerWords Related to sway clout, influence, leverage, pull, voice, weight; jurisdiction; direction, management; dominance, imperium, predominance, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy; prerogative, privilege, right; eminence, importance, momentNear Antonyms of sway helplessness, weaknessAntonyms of sway impotence, impotency, powerlessness

Synonym Discussion of sway

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

sway

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sway

  1. 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?” Synonyms of sway impact, impress, influence, move, reach, strike, affect, tell (on), touchWords Related to sway carry away, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthrall (or enthral), ravish, transport; bias, color; inspire, stir; engage, interest, involve, penetrate, pierce; afflict, agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, disturb, fluster, harass, harry, perturb, pester, plague, smite, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry, wring; allure, attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinateNear Antonyms of sway bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; underwhelm

  2. 2 to make a series of unsteady side-to-side motions the way the ski lift was swaying in the wind made me nervous Synonyms of sway careen, lurch, pitch, roll, seesaw, rock, toss, wobble (also wabble)Words Related to sway blunder, buck, dodder, falter, flounder, halt, hitch, hobble, jerk, jolt, reel, shake, stagger, stumble, teeter, toddle, totter, tumble, vacillate, vibrate, waddle, waver, weave; oscillate, undulate, wag, waggle

  3. 3 archaic  to exercise authority or power over an epic novel set in the days when Rome swayed the Western world Synonyms of sway boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), rule, govern [archaic]Words Related to sway conduct, direct, head, lead; administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise; dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize; conquer, subdue, subjugate

Synonym Discussion of sway

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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