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Synonyms for sway

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sway(noun)

    controlling influence

    tilt, rock, careen

  2. rock, careen, sway, tilt(verb)

    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, shake(verb)

    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, sway(verb)

    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, sway(verb)

    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, sway(verb)

    cause to move back and forth

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

    carry, persuade, shake, rock, swing

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sway(n)

    wield, influence, rule, authority, government, superiority, bias, dominion, control, preponderance, domination, supremacy, mastery, ascendency, weight, force, power

    weakness, inferiority, subordination, irresistance, obedience, subservience, subjection

  2. sway(v)

    influence, govern, rule, bias, wave, swing, wield

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sway(v. a.)

    move, wield, swing, wave, brandish

  2. sway(v. a.)

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

  3. sway(v. a.)

    rule, govern, direct, guide, control

  4. sway(v. n.)

    incline, lean

  5. sway(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sway(n)

    dominion, domination, rule

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    right-of-way, suai, influence, oscillation

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How to use sway in a sentence?

  1. Historian Doug Wead:

    Whatever [Clinton] says will likely hold sway, but legally, technically they have their own vote.

  2. Jeanne Zaino:

    These types of contributions -- any contributions -- to public officials are important and they do sway votes.

  3. Austin Chronicle:

    It's hard to take your eye off of the Trump train. I think the conference organizers recognize that this year, more than any other year, the conversation will sway toward the political, despite what they would like to happen, (SXSW) is not designed to be a liberal thing, but the messaging is often liberal.

  4. Norihiro Fujito:

    You need to be careful of big futures players' positions as their strategy could sway the market sharply, those global macro investors are the 'trend setters' in the market. If they start selling Topix futures, it's not a good sign.

  5. Daphney Gray:

    I have heard things, but I don’t let other people’s opinion sway my opinion, i just deal with the man that I see on Sundays and how he has treated my family since we’ve been here.

Translations for sway

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  • swaaieAfrikaans
  • schwingen, beherrschen, schwenken, schwanken, schaukeln, sich wiegen, beeinflussenGerman
  • balancear, balanceo, influenciaSpanish
  • vaikuttaa, vaikutusvalta, huojuminen, heiluminen, kallistua, heilua, huojunta, heilunta, huojua, hallita, heiluttaaFinnish
  • sveiggja, sveiggjFaroese
  • balancementFrench
  • बोलबालाHindi
  • hintázik, ringatózik, hintázás, hullámzás, suhint, ring, lóbál, hullámzik, ringatózás, inog, imbolyog, himbálózik, befolyásHungarian
  • bergoyangIndonesian
  • ondeggiareItalian
  • לְהִתְנַעֲנֵעַHebrew
  • imperiumLatin
  • kōngangengange, raumaewa, tītahatahaMāori
  • whakapakepake, koiriMalay
  • svai, svinge, svaieNorwegian
  • zwaaienDutch
  • rządzić, władza, trząśćPolish
  • balançar, oscilaçãoPortuguese
  • legănareRomanian
  • власть, качание, качаться, качатьRussian
  • ஸ்வேTamil
  • แกว่งไปแกว่งมาThai
  • колисьUkrainian
  • بولوUrdu
  • 摇摆Chinese

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