Definition of "sway" [sway]

  • To swing back and forth or to and fro. See Synonyms at swing. (verb-intransitive)
  • To incline or bend to one side; veer: She swayed and put out a hand to steady herself. (verb-intransitive)
  • To incline toward change, as in opinion or feeling. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fluctuate, as in outlook. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to swing back and forth or to and fro. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sway" in a sentence
  • "Would seeing the label sway your decision in any way?"
  • "This reflects the continuing reduction in American sway in the region, and especially the "engagement" with Syria."
  • "What she wants is to maintain sway over the party by forcing Obama to accept her terms for who the VP will eventually be (such as "don't choose a woman or my supporters will be pissed.")"