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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.
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.]
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|Noun||1.||swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"|
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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
oligarch - one of the rulers in an oligarchy
regent - someone who rules during the absence or incapacity or minority of the country's monarch
dynast - a hereditary ruler
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tyrant - in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it
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