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verb sway pronunciation in British English /sweɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleswaying
past tenseswayed
past participleswayed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move or swing gently from side to side
    The ladder swayed precariously.
    Their bodies swayed to the music.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something move or swing from side to side
      She walked along, swaying her hips.
  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to influence or change someones opinion
    Do not allow yourselves to be swayed by these arguments.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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