(noun, verb)


1. controlling influence

Definition categories: attribute, power, powerfulness

2. pitching dangerously to one side

Similar word(s): careen, rock, tilt

Definition categories: act, lurch, pitch, pitching

Sentences with sway as a noun:

- The old song caused a little sway in everyone in the room.

- I doubt I'll hold much sway with someone so powerful.


1. move back and forth or sideways

- the tall building swayed

Similar word(s): rock, shake

Definition categories: motion

2. move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

Similar word(s): swing

Definition categories: motion

3. win approval or support for

- His speech did not sway the voters

Similar word(s): carry, persuade

Definition categories: social, influence, work

4. cause to move back and forth

- the wind swayed the trees gently

Similar word(s): rock

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

Sentences with sway as a verb:

- sway to the music;  The trees swayed in the breeze.

- to sway the sceptre

- Do you think you can sway their decision?

- reeds swayed by the wind;  judgment swayed by passion

- to sway up the yards