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Definition 1: pitching dangerously to one side - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for sway in the sense of this definition

(sway is a kind of ...) abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

"the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"

Definition 2: controlling influence - [noun denoting attribute]

(sway is a kind of ...) possession of controlling influence

"the deterrent power of nuclear weapons" "the power of his love saved her" "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"

Definition 3: move back and forth or sideways - [verb of motion]

Samples where sway or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for sway in the sense of this definition

(sway is a kind of ...) move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

(... is a kind of sway ) move, rock, or sway from side to side

"The ship rolled on the heavy seas"

(... is a kind of sway ) rock, sway, or nod; usually involuntarily

(... is a kind of sway ) sway heavily or unsteadily

(... is a kind of sway ) move without being stable, as if threatening to fall

"The drunk man tottered over to our table"

(sway has a similar meaning as ...) cause to move back and forth

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

Definition 4: move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner - [verb of motion]

Samples where sway or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He swung back

Synonyms for sway in the sense of this definition

(sway is a kind of ...) move in one direction and then into the opposite direction

(... is a kind of sway ) sway from side to side

(... is a kind of sway ) lash or flick about sharply

"The lion lashed its tail"

(... is a kind of sway ) move or swing from side to side regularly

"the needle on the meter was oscillating"

(... is a kind of sway ) swing from one hold to the next

"the monkeys brachiate"

Definition 5: cause to move back and forth - [verb of motion]

Samples where sway or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rock the cradle
  • rock the baby
  • the wind swayed the trees gently

Synonyms for sway in the sense of this definition

(sway is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(sway has a similar meaning as ...) move back and forth or sideways

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

Samples where sway or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Carry all before one
  • His speech did not sway the voters

Synonyms for sway in the sense of this definition

(sway is a kind of ...) have and exert influence or effect

"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

(sway has a similar meaning as ...) win in an election

"The senator carried his home state"

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