verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sway
Examples from the Web for sway
Many millions have been spent on television ads in North Carolina, as groups on the right and left try to sway the electorate.
None of these studies, campaigns, or assertions should be enough to sway public opinion towards or against pot.
You have to sway from one foot to another to keep them from staking their claim.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He even set the mic down before his time was up, he only finished after being coaxed back onto the stage by Sway.
It may mean celebrities are so numerous they constitute a voting bloc that could sway state and federal elections.
Both of these elements govern a well-regulated household, and both should sway the political destinies of the entire human family.
But shall she not prevail, And sway you, as she oft hath done before?Gent.Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (8 of 10)|Francis Beaumont
By the way, when you fire at a guanaco they will sway their heads downwards with an odd sort of ducking motion.Through the Heart of Patagonia|H. Hesketh Prichard
The mast-rope employed to sway up a top-mast or topgallant-mast, in order to fix it in its place, or lower it.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
It is this desire to dominate which inspires him to avoid truths over which he has no sway and to invent myths.Fantazius Mallare|Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for sway
Word Origin for sway
Word Origin and History for sway
c.1300, "to go, glide, move," probably from Old Norse sveigja "to bend, swing, give way," from Proto-Germanic *swaigijanan and related to swag (v.) and swing. The sense of "swing, wave, waver" is first recorded c.1500. Related: Swayed; swaying. The noun meaning "controlling influence" (to be under the sway of) is 1510s, from a transitive sense of the verb in Dutch and other languages. The verb in this sense is recorded in English from 1590s.
Idioms and Phrases with sway
see hold sway.