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English noun: sway

1. sway (attribute) controlling influence

Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness

2. sway (act) pitching dangerously to one side

Synonymscareen, rock, tilt

Broader (hypernym)lurch, pitch, pitching

English verb: sway

1. sway (motion) move back and forth or sideways

SamplesThe ship was rocking.
The tall building swayed.
She rocked back and forth on her feet.

ExamplesThe crowds sway in the streets, The streets sway with crowds

Synonymsrock, shake

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move back and forth

Narrower (hyponym)nutate, roll, swag, totter

Verb grouprock, sway

2. sway (motion) move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

SamplesHe swung back.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move back and forth

Narrower (hyponym)brachiate, lash, oscillate, vibrate, waver, weave

3. sway (social) win approval or support for

SamplesCarry all before one.
His speech did not sway the voters.

Synonymscarry, persuade

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

Verb groupcarry

4. sway (motion) cause to move back and forth

SamplesRock the cradle.
Rock the baby.
The wind swayed the trees gently.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Verb grouprock, shake, sway

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