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Sway, vb. 1) to govern, to direct, to manage, to influence, to rule; a) trans.: “when thou gently --est the wiry concord,” Sonn. 128, 3. “with insufficiency my heart to s.” 150, 2. “let my counsel s. you,” Ado IV, 1, 203. “with what art you s. the motion of Demetrius' heart,” Mids. I, 1, 193. “the will of man is by his reason --ed,” II, 2, 115. “affection, master of passion, --s it to the mood of what it likes or loathes,” Merch. IV, 1, 51. “a thing not in his power to bring to pass, but --ed and fashioned by the hand of heaven,” I, 3, 94. “thy huntress' name that my full life doth s.” As III, 2, 4. “M, O, A, I, doth s. my life,” Tw. II, 5, 118. Tw. II, 5, 118 “she could not s. her house,” IV, 3, 17. “the sword which --s usurpingly these several titles,” John I, 13. “this hand . . . that --s the earth this climate overlooks,” II, 344. “usurpers s. the rule awhile,” H6C III, 3, 76. “minds --ed by eyes are full of turpitude,” Troil. V, 2, 112. “nought but humour --s him,” Tim. III, 6, 122. “s. our great designs,” Ant. II, 2, 151. With from, == to turn away from: “them that so much have --ed your majesty's good thoughts away from me,” H4A III, 2, 130. “was --ed from the point, by looking down on Caesar,” Caes. III, 1, 219.
b) absol. to rule, to have dominion: “so --s she level in her husband's heart,” Tw. II, 4, 32. “let thy fair wisdom s.” IV, 1, 56. “no one should s. but he,” H6A III, 1, 37. “a gentler heart did never s. in court,” III, 2, 135. “hadst thou --ed as kings should do,” H6C II, 6, 14. “I had rather be their servant in my way than s. with them in theirs,” Cor. II, 1, 220. “his affections --ed more than his reason,” Caes. II, 1, 20. “who --s, not as it hath power,” Lr. I, 2, 53. “you gods that s. in love,” Per. I, 1, 19.
2) intr. to be biassed, to be directed, to move: “he seems indifferent, or rather --ing more upon our part,” H5 I, 1, 73.* “now --s it this way, like a mighty sea, . . . now --s it that way,” H6C II, 5, 5. “the mind I s. by and the heart I bear shall never sag with doubt,” Mcb. V, 3, 9. to s. on == not to yield to doubt and fear, but rather go on: “let us s. on and face them in the field,” H4B IV, 1, 24.
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