Meaning of oversway in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvəˈsweɪ/


  • 1To take precedence over by virtue of superior authority; to overrule, countermand (an order, ruling, action, etc.).

  • 2To cause (a person, his or her actions, conduct, or thoughts) to be directed in a particular way; to influence with regard to some decision or course of action; to persuade or prevail upon.

  • 3To overpower by being of greater strength, intensity, etc.; to dominate, overwhelm.

  • 4To cause to lean or swing over, or to overturn; to sway over or beyond (something). Also without object: to lean over or downwards.


Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From over- + sway.