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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  • outdated attitudes that still hold sway in some communities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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sways

verb
present tense third-person singular of sway

Synonyms & Antonyms of sways (Entry 2 of 2)

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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“Sways.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sways. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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