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v. swayed, sway·ing, sways
1. To swing back and forth or to and fro. See Synonyms at swing.
2. To incline or bend to one side; veer: She swayed and put out a hand to steady herself.
a. To incline toward change, as in opinion or feeling: He swayed toward trying out for the chorus.
b. To fluctuate, as in outlook.
1. To cause to swing back and forth or to and fro: The breeze swayed the wheat.
2. To cause to incline or bend: The wind swayed the trees toward the house.
3. To exert influence or control over: His speech swayed the voters.
4. Nautical To hoist (a mast or yard) into position.
5. Archaic
a. To rule or govern.
b. To wield, as a weapon or scepter.
1. The act of moving from side to side with a swinging motion.
2. Influence or control: The mayor has a lot of sway in our town.

[Middle English sweien, probably of Scandinavian origin.]

sway′er n.
sway′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Inca - a ruler of the Incas (or a member of his family)
basileus - a ruler of the eastern Roman Empire
Bourbon - a member of the European royal family that ruled France
calif, caliph, kalif, kaliph, khalif, khalifah - the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth; "many radical Muslims believe a Khalifah will unite all Islamic lands and people and subjugate the rest of the world"
potentate, dictator - a ruler who is unconstrained by law
ameer, amir, emeer, emir - an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia)
ethnarch - the ruler of a province (as in the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire) or certain religious rulers with secular authority; "the election of Makarios III to archbishop gave him the status of the ethnarch of Cyprus"
hakim - a Muslim ruler or governor or judge
Hanoverian - any of the British rulers who were members of the House of Hanover
khan - a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries
Moghul, Mogul - a member of the Muslim dynasty that ruled India until 1857
oligarch - one of the rulers in an oligarchy
overlord, lord, master - a person who has general authority over others
Pharaoh, Pharaoh of Egypt - the title of the ancient Egyptian kings
puppet leader, puppet ruler - a leader or ruler who is chosen by a despot to head a government
regent - someone who rules during the absence or incapacity or minority of the country's monarch
dynast - a hereditary ruler
Arab chief, sheik, sheikh, tribal sheik, tribal sheikh - the leader of an Arab village or family
crowned head, monarch, sovereign - a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
Stuart - a member of the royal family that ruled Scotland and England
grand Turk, sultan - the ruler of a Muslim country (especially of the former Ottoman Empire)
Tudor - a member of the dynasty that ruled England
tyrant - in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
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It will be an almost sculptural sight in the landscape," said Cragside conservation officer Andrew Swayer.
Cale finds himself in the position of defending President James Swayer (Jamie Foxx) - the job he had been rejected from - while trying simultaneously to find his daughter and get her to safety.
The views are wonderful, looking along the Debdon Valley with the towering North American conifer trees along each side of the burn, " said Andrew Swayer, Cragside landscape conservation and interpretation officer.
Interestingly, Justice Swayer does not question whether the Chief Justice's comments in the Auditor General case correspond to the development of administrative law since 1977.