Definition and Meanings for sway

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Sway is ranked 11,990 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of sway

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of sway

oe. sweyen, icel. sveigja, akin to e. swing; cf. d. zwaaijen to wield, swing. see swing, and cf. swag, v. i.pos

Meaning of sway


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

  • to move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.
  • to influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.
  • to cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind; judgment swayed by passion.
  • to hoist; as, to sway up the yards.

as intransitive verb

  • to be drawn to one side by weight or influence; to lean; to incline.
  • to move or swing from side to side; or backward and forward.
  • to have weight or influence.
  • to bear sway; to rule; to govern.

as noun

  • the act of swaying; a swaying motion; the swing or sweep of a weapon.
  • influence, weight, or authority that inclines to one side; as, the sway of desires.
  • preponderance; turn or cast of balance.
  • rule; dominion; control.
  • a switch or rod used by thatchers to bind their work.
  • No antonyms for sway

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