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Synonyms for sway

move from side to side


hold sway


Synonyms for sway

to move rhythmically back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above

to move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall

to have an impact on in a certain way

to exercise the authority of a sovereign

the power to produce an effect by indirect means

the act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled

Synonyms for sway

controlling influence

Related Words

pitching dangerously to one side

move back and forth or sideways

move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

win approval or support for

cause to move back and forth


References in classic literature ?
A lank tentacular appendage gripped the edge of the cylinder, another swayed in the air.
The plants formed rows on both sides of the road and from each plant rose a dozen or more of the big broad leaves, which swayed continually from side to side, although no wind was blowing.
Swiftly it enveloped her in its embrace, covering her completely in its thick folds, and then it swayed back upon its stem.
She no more than started, for she swayed and tottered, and reached her hand weakly out to mine.
The marsh could be recognized by the mist which rose from it, thicker in one place and thinner in another, so that the reeds and willow bushes swayed like islands in this mist.
Laska ran joyfully and anxiously through the slush that swayed under her.
The canoes appeared very black on the white hiss of water; turbaned heads swayed back and forth; a multitude of arms in crimson and yellow rose and fell with one movement; the spearmen upright in the bows of canoes had variegated sarongs and gleaming shoulders like bronze statues; the muttered strophes of the paddlers' song ended periodically in a plaintive shout.
Smoky red flames swayed on high poles, and the fiery blaze flickered over faces, clung to the smooth trunks of palm-trees, kindled bright sparks on the rims of metal dishes standing on fine floor-mats.
It is claimed by one of their number that they were swayed into voting against a seemingly innocuous house extension in Kings Norton following an impassioned plea from the woman who lives next door.
Summary: Prime Minsiter David Cameron has said Britain will not be swayed from the mission plan in Afghanistan, despite growing tensions.
Investigators found up to 8,000 were on the suspension bridge at the time, including many from the countryside who did not realise it swayed with a huge crowd on it.
Those thinking of the past swayed backward while those thinking about the future moved forward.
Researchers found that a person judged to be female was rated more attractive when she swayed her hips as she moved, and had a small waist-to-hip ratio.
But its claims have been dismissed as 'pure fantasy' by a Labour MP and an anti-racism activist said people were too 'level-headed' to be swayed by BNP propaganda.
The lightweight suspension bridge swayed harmonically and finally broke apart in a 42-mile-per-hour wind in 1940.