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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.7 / 3 votes

  1. sway

    Govern carries the idea of authoritative administration or some exercise of authority that is at once effective and continuous; control is effective, but may be momentary or occasional. One controls what he holds or can hold at will absolutely in check; as, a skilful horseman controls a spirited horse; a person controls his temper; we say to one who is excited, "control yourself." A person commands another when he has, or claims, the right to make that other do his will, with power of inflicting penalty if not obeyed; he controls another whom he can effectually prevent from doing anything contrary to his will; he governs one whom he actually does cause, regularly or constantly, to obey his will; a parent may command a child whom he can not govern or control. The best teachers are not greatly prone to command, but govern or control their pupils largely by other means. Command is, however, often used in the sense of securing, as well as requiring, submission or obedience, as when we speak of a commanding influence; a man commands the situation when he can shape events as he pleases; a fortress commands the region when no enemy can pass against its resistance. Govern implies the exercise of knowledge and judgment as well as power. To rule is more absolute and autocratic than to govern; to sway is to move by quiet but effectual influence; to mold is not only to influence feeling and action, but to shape character; to manage is to secure by skilful contrivance the doing of one's will by those whom one can not directly control; a wise mother, by gentle means, sways the feelings and molds the lives of her children; to be able to manage servants is an important element of good housekeeping. The word reign, once so absolute, now simply denotes that one holds the official station of sovereign in a monarchy, with or without effective power; the Queen of England reigns; the Czar of Russia both reigns and rules.

    command, control, curb, direct, govern, influence, manage, mold, reign, reign over, restrain, rule

    be in subjection, be subject, comply, obey, submit, yield

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. swaynoun

    controlling influence

    tilt, rock, careen

  2. rock, careen, sway, tiltverb

    pitching dangerously to one side

    rock, disceptation, lean, rock-and-roll, rock 'n' roll, inclination, leaning, contention, careen, joust, tilt, rock'n'roll, controversy, disputation, contestation, stone, rock music, argument, rock and roll, arguing, list, rock candy

  3. rock, sway, shakeverb

    move back and forth or sideways

    "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet"

    escape from, stimulate, persuade, excite, shake, shake off, didder, rock, carry, throw off, swing, shake up, judder, agitate, stir

  4. swing, swayverb

    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

    "He swung back"

    drop, sweep, persuade, swing, shake, rock, carry, dangle, swing out, swing over, get around

  5. carry, persuade, swayverb

    win approval or support for

    "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"

    rock, express, channel, persuade, post, transport, pack, convey, swing, acquit, hold, deport, impart, gestate, expect, dribble, shake, extend, run, have a bun in the oven, transmit, take, carry, stock, conduct, comport, bear, behave, stockpile, contain

  6. rock, swayverb

    cause to move back and forth

    "rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently"

    carry, persuade, shake, rock, swing

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. swayverb

    move, wield, swing, wave, brandish

  2. swayverb

    bias, prejudice, bend, turn, influence, persuade, prevail upon

  3. swayverb

    rule, govern, direct, guide, control

  4. swayverb

    incline, lean

  5. swaynoun

    power, dominion, control, domination, command, rule, government, sovereignty, ascendancy, authority, predominance, mastership, mastery, supreme power

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. swaynoun

    dominion, domination, rule

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "sway":

    right-of-way, suai, influence, oscillation

Nicknames0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of known nicknames for "Sway":

    Sway DaSafo, Derek Andrew Safo, 'Sway', Sway Calloway

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  1. Michael Smallberg of the Project:

    The question is why would a company give an executive a special financial reward as they're about to take a government position. Some people say these policies encourage public service, but we worry that they give financial insiders even more sway over the government. In some ways, these companies are ensuring that they'll have friends in high places.

  2. Persian:

    Both white and black acknowledge women?s sway, So much the better and the wiser too, Deeming it most convenient to obey, Or possibly they might their folly rue.*

  3. Jared Goodman:

    The tide has turned for SeaWorld, it's a last-ditch effort to sway a public that has already made up its mind.

  4. Jason Clampet:

    Expedia will have a lot more sway going in with hotels now and saying ‘ give us this preferred position, ’ but hotels can still sell their product on their own. It’s not like a milk company that has to rely on a store to sell the milk for them. They can just sell direct to consumers. And a larger brand like a Hilton or a Starwood or a Marriott has other distribution methods. They’re in a better position to negotiate than they have been before, and they’ve also come up with ways to give consumers incentives to book directly with them.

  5. Michel Barnier:

    I see the temptation of a' blame game' by which the European Union is responsible for the negative consequences of Brexit, but that will not sway us. That will not sway me.

Translations for sway

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  • swaaieAfrikaans
  • تمايلArabic
  • beeinflussen, schaukeln, sich wiegen, schwanken, schwenken, beherrschen, schwingenGerman
  • εξουσίαGreek
  • balanceo, balancear, influenciaSpanish
  • heiluttaa, hallita, heilunta, huojua, huojunta, heilua, kallistua, heiluminen, vaikuttaa, vaikutusvalta, huojuminenFinnish
  • sveiggj, sveiggjaFaroese
  • balancementFrench
  • बोलबालाHindi
  • ringatózás, befolyás, himbálózik, ringatózik, imbolyog, hintázás, inog, hullámzás, hintázik, suhint, hullámzik, lóbál, ringHungarian
  • bergoyangIndonesian
  • ondeggiareItalian
  • לְהִתְנַעֲנֵעַHebrew
  • imperiumLatin
  • raumaewa, tītahataha, kōngangengangeMāori
  • whakapakepake, koiriMalay
  • svai, svinge, svaieNorwegian
  • zwaaienDutch
  • trząść, rządzić, władzaPolish
  • balançar, oscilaçãoPortuguese
  • legănareRomanian
  • власть, качать, качание, качатьсяRussian
  • ஸ்வேTamil
  • แกว่งไปแกว่งมาThai
  • колисьUkrainian
  • بولوUrdu
  • 摇摆Chinese

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