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Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.
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Meaning of "sway" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SWAY

Probably from Old Norse sveigja to bend; related to Dutch zwaaien, Low German swājen.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SWAY

sway  [sweɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SWAY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sway is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb sway in English.

WHAT DOES SWAY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of sway in the English dictionary

The first definition of sway in the dictionary is to swing or cause to swing to and fro. Other definition of sway is to lean or incline or cause to lean or incline to one side or in different directions in turn. Sway is also to vacillate or cause to vacillate between two or more opinions.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SWAY

PRESENT

Present
I sway
you sway
he/she/it sways
we sway
you sway
they sway
Present continuous
I am swaying
you are swaying
he/she/it is swaying
we are swaying
you are swaying
they are swaying
Present perfect
I have swayed
you have swayed
he/she/it has swayed
we have swayed
you have swayed
they have swayed
Present perfect continuous
I have been swaying
you have been swaying
he/she/it has been swaying
we have been swaying
you have been swaying
they have been swaying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I swayed
you swayed
he/she/it swayed
we swayed
you swayed
they swayed
Past continuous
I was swaying
you were swaying
he/she/it was swaying
we were swaying
you were swaying
they were swaying
Past perfect
I had swayed
you had swayed
he/she/it had swayed
we had swayed
you had swayed
they had swayed
Past perfect continuous
I had been swaying
you had been swaying
he/she/it had been swaying
we had been swaying
you had been swaying
they had been swaying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will sway
you will sway
he/she/it will sway
we will sway
you will sway
they will sway
Future continuous
I will be swaying
you will be swaying
he/she/it will be swaying
we will be swaying
you will be swaying
they will be swaying
Future perfect
I will have swayed
you will have swayed
he/she/it will have swayed
we will have swayed
you will have swayed
they will have swayed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been swaying
you will have been swaying
he/she/it will have been swaying
we will have been swaying
you will have been swaying
they will have been swaying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would sway
you would sway
he/she/it would sway
we would sway
you would sway
they would sway
Conditional continuous
I would be swaying
you would be swaying
he/she/it would be swaying
we would be swaying
you would be swaying
they would be swaying
Conditional perfect
I would have sway
you would have sway
he/she/it would have sway
we would have sway
you would have sway
they would have sway
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been swaying
you would have been swaying
he/she/it would have been swaying
we would have been swaying
you would have been swaying
they would have been swaying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you sway
we let´s sway
you sway
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to sway
Past participle
swayed
Present Participle
swaying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SWAY


anyway
ˈɛnɪˌweɪ
away
əˈweɪ
Broadway
ˈbrɔːdˌweɪ
castaway
ˈkɑːstəˌweɪ
Conway
ˈkɒnˌweɪ
driveway
ˈdraɪvˌweɪ
gateway
ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ
giveaway
ˈɡɪvəˌweɪ
highway
ˈhaɪˌweɪ
midway
ˈmɪdˌweɪ
Norway
ˈnɔːˌweɪ
parkway
ˈpɑːkˌweɪ
pathway
ˈpɑːθˌweɪ
qua
kweɪ
railway
ˈreɪlˌweɪ
runway
ˈrʌnˌweɪ
segue
ˈsɛɡweɪ
subway
ˈsʌbˌweɪ
way
weɪ
weigh
weɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SWAY

swatch
swatchbook
swath
swathe
swather
swathy
Swatow
swatted
swatter
swatting
sway-back
sway-backed
swayable
swayer
swayful
Swazi
Swazi Territory
Swaziland
swazzle

WORDS THAT END LIKE SWAY

by the way
freeway
get away
go away
halfway
Hathaway
in a bad way
in a way
in no way
no way
once and away
one-way
out of the way
out-of-the-way
right away
runaway
speedway
take away
the way
two-way

Synonyms and antonyms of sway in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SWAY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sway» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sway

Translation of «sway» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SWAY

Find out the translation of sway to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sway from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sway» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

摇摆
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

balancearse
570 millions of speakers

English

sway
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बोलबाला
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَتَمَايَلُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

качать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

balançar-se
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দোল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

balancer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Bergoyang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schwanken
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ゆすぶる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

전후(좌우)로 흔들리다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sway
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đu đưa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஸ்வே
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बोलणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sallanma
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

oscillare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zakołysać (się)
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

коливатися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a se balansa
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ταλαντεύομαι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

swaai
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svaja
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svaie
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sway

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SWAY»

The term «sway» is very widely used and occupies the 16.202 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SWAY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sway

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10 QUOTES WITH «SWAY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word sway.
1
Robert G. Allen
Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn't understand.
2
Nicholson Baker
Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you've watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you.
3
Alan Ball
'Six Feet Under' was about repressing our deepest, most primal impulses, and 'True Blood' is about giving full sway to them all the time. In a way they are like yin and yang.
4
Italo Calvino
A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway.
5
Emily Carr
Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises.
6
Carol P. Christ
Beliefs and values that have held sway for thousands of years will be questioned as never before.
7
Bob Ehrlich
Leaders do not sway with the polls. Instead, they sway the polls through their own words and actions.
8
Barry Eisler
It would be awesome to be so impressive that we could sway people to our way of thinking just by declaiming our thoughts, but probably most of us lack such gravitas. Luckily, there's something even better: evidence, logic, and argument.
9
Shereen El Feki
The patriarchy is alive and well in Egypt and the wider Arab world. Just because we got rid of the father of the nation in Egypt or Tunisia, Mubarak or Ben Ali, and in a number of other countries, does not mean that the father of the family does not still hold sway.
10
Todd Gitlin
So every day I'm mindful as I watch the Bush crowd extend their sway into policies of every imaginable variety, and over almost every square foot of earth, that the control of the American state is a matter of urgency.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SWAY»

Discover the use of sway in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sway and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behaviour
Discover the answers in Sway. We all believe we are rational beings, yet the truth is that we're much more prone to irrational behaviour than we realise or like to admit. In this compelling book, Ori and Rom Brafman reveal why.
Ori Brafman, Rom Brafman, 2010
2
Translation and the Problem of Sway
Printbegrænsninger: Der kan printes 10 sider ad gangen og max. 40 sider pr. session
Douglas Robinson, 2011
3
Stack and Sway: The New Science of Jury Consulting
This book will reveal the "tricks of the trade" and explore the many ways in which trial consultants have infiltrated the courtroom.
Neil J. Kressel, Dorit F. Kressel, 2004
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Sway of the Ottoman Empire on English Identity in the Long ...
By focusing on eighteenth-century English textual representations of the Ottomans, we can observe the turning point in public perceptions, the moments when English subjects began to believe British imperial power was a reality rather than ...
Emily Kugler, 2012
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Sway
Zachary Lazar. Brian off to the side—silent, obedient, lost. They all knew not to look at him, though every time they turned around they must have seen him. It was almost five AM when the driver dropped Anger back at his flat. It was a small,  ...
Zachary Lazar, 2011
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Analytical Methods in Structural Engineering
7.2 FRAMES WITHOUT SIDE SWAY The two fundamental formulae of Kloucek's distribution of deformation method are now derived. Frames without side sway are considered first. For the sign convention used, see Section 1.9. Needless to ...
Sarawar Alam Raz, 2001
7
Designers' Handbook to Eurocode 4: 1. Design of composite ...
A sway frame is one in which account needs to be taken of additional internal moments and forces arising from horizontal displacements of the nodes. The rules given in Eurocode 3 to classify an unbraced frame as sway or non-sway depend ...
Roger Paul Johnson, D. Anderson, 1993
8
How to Modify Your Jeep Chassis and Suspension for Offroad Use
Due to their live axles and coil springs, newer Jeep vehicles have greater potential for suspension flex than most of their competition. To keep supple Jeep suspensions controllable, however, engineers have fit large sway bars to both the front ...
Jp Magazine, JP Magazine Editors, 2004
9
Sensory-related Changes in Two-segment Dynamics on a ...
(2004); 92(4): 2368-79 Introduction A common experimental technique in the postural control literature is to remove or at least attenuate a particular sensory modality and measure how this changes sway behavior. Such changes can then be ...
Robert A. Creath, 2008
10
Better Eyesight: The Complete Magazines of William H. Bates
THE SWAY By W. H. Bates, M.D. When one imagines stationary objects to be moving in the same or opposite direction to the movement of the head or eyes when both heels are resting on the floor, it is called the sway. When both heels are ...
Thomas R. Quackenbush, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SWAY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sway is used in the context of the following news items.
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Why you should try the Microsoft Sway presentation app right now
That's why, when I heard about the Microsoft Sway app, I had to give it a try. I'm already a big fan of presentation tools like Canva and Visme, but there's ... «Computerworld, Jun 15»
2
Microsoft's Sway gains legitimacy with Windows 10 plans, iPad app
Joining the ranks of other Windows 10 universal apps this summer will be Microsoft's lightweight content-creation tool, Sway. Before that, however, it's making ... «PCWorld, Jun 15»
3
China busts protest organizers who tried to sway court cases
BEIJING Police in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have busted a group it said organized mass protests in an attempt to sway court cases and ... «Reuters, Jun 15»
4
Microsoft's Sway joins Office 365 with new languages and features …
Microsoft announced today that it's integrating its flexible multimedia content publishing tool, Sway, into its Office 365 productivity suite. The app has also been ... «The Next Web, May 15»
5
Office Sway is Coming to Office 365
Microsoft's experimental new Office solution, Office Sway, is apparently useful enough to warrant inclusion in Office 365: the software giant announced at its ... «Thurrott.com, May 15»
6
Mo'Nique Fires Back at 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels, Produces …
Mo'Nique told host Sway Calloway that last year, “Empire” executive producer and writer Lee Daniels called her saying, “You got the role, but you know, there's ... «TheWrap, Apr 15»
7
Are Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Reuniting?
The pair, who scored the top prize on Dancing with the Stars in 2014, will be reuniting at his upcoming dance extravaganza, SWAY: A Dance Trilogy, on June 5 ... «People Magazine, Apr 15»
8
Microsoft's Sway publishing app now lets multiple users edit …
Editing documents in Microsoft's Sway app is about to get a bit more friendly. An update lets you edit you create and edit content with friends and team members. «The Next Web, Apr 15»
9
Nissan Sway Concept Sets The Look For Future Small Cars—And …
The Nissan Sway concept, shown this past week at the Geneva Motor Show, consolidates some of Nissan's design themes into a single expression that's ... «Green Car Reports, Mar 15»
10
Nissan's Sway is a Micra from the future
Okay, hands up, who upset the Micra? So long a bastion of the bug-eyed, cutesy coochie-coo, Nissan's supermini has got itself all angry and arch-backed. «Top Gear, Mar 15»

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