Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun sway

2 senses of sway

Sense 1
sway -- (controlling influence)
       => power, powerfulness -- (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")

Sense 2
rock, careen, sway, tilt -- (pitching dangerously to one side)
       => lurch, pitch, pitching -- (abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb sway

4 senses of sway

Sense 1
rock, sway, shake -- (move back and forth or sideways; "the ship was rocking"; "the tall building swayed"; "She rocked back and forth on her feet")
       => move back and forth -- (move in one direction and then into the opposite direction)

Sense 2
swing, sway -- (move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung back")
       => move back and forth -- (move in one direction and then into the opposite direction)

Sense 3
carry, persuade, sway -- (win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters")
       => influence, act upon, work -- (have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate")

Sense 4
rock, sway -- (cause to move back and forth; "rock the cradle"; "rock the baby"; "the wind swayed the trees gently")
       => move, displace -- (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")

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