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An example use of sway in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… square miles and held sway over a …”
Sway means to move or cause to move from side to side.
the word sway occurs in english on average 3.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that sway can be often used in the following areas:
1) transport and travel;