One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To take precedence over by virtue of superior authority; to overrule, countermand (an order, ruling, action, etc.).
2with object To 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.
3with object To overpower by being of greater strength, intensity, etc.; to dominate, overwhelm.
4with object To 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.
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