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sways

noun , plural of sway

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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  • outdated attitudes that still hold sway in some communities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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