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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.
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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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