Synonyms of 'hold sway'
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prevailDictionary, rule, predominate
Here, a completely different approach seems to hold sway.
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When a feature or quality predominates, it is the most important or noticeable one in a situation.
a society where Islamic principles predominate
If you say, for example, that silence reigns in a place or confusion reigns in a situation, you mean that the place is silent or the situation is confused.
A relative calm reigned over the city.
Thesaurus for hold sway from the Collins English Thesaurus
to be master ; reign