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Meaning & Definition of Sweep in English

English

Sweep

/swip/

noun

1. A wide scope

  • "The sweep of the plains"
    synonym:
  • sweep
  • ,
  • expanse

2. Someone who cleans soot from chimneys

    synonym:
  • chimneysweeper
  • ,
  • chimneysweep
  • ,
  • sweep

3. Winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

    synonym:
  • slam
  • ,
  • sweep

4. A long oar used in an open boat

    synonym:
  • sweep
  • ,
  • sweep oar

5. (american football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line

    synonym:
  • end run
  • ,
  • sweep

6. A movement in an arc

  • "A sweep of his arm"
    synonym:
  • sweep

verb

1. Sweep across or over

  • "Her long skirt brushed the floor"
  • "A gasp swept cross the audience"
    synonym:
  • brush
  • ,
  • sweep

2. Move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

  • "The diva swept into the room"
  • "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"
  • "The searchlights swept across the sky"
    synonym:
  • sweep
  • ,
  • sail

3. Sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

  • "Sweep the crumbs off the table"
  • "Sweep under the bed"
    synonym:
  • sweep
  • ,
  • broom

4. Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

  • "They were swept up by the events"
  • "Don't drag me into this business"
    synonym:
  • embroil
  • ,
  • tangle
  • ,
  • sweep
  • ,
  • sweep up
  • ,
  • drag
  • ,
  • drag in

5. To cover or extend over an area or time period

  • "Rivers traverse the valley floor", "the parking lot spans 3 acres"
  • "The novel spans three centuries"
    synonym:
  • cross
  • ,
  • traverse
  • ,
  • span
  • ,
  • sweep

6. Clean by sweeping

  • "Please sweep the floor"
    synonym:
  • sweep

7. Win an overwhelming victory in or on

  • "Her new show dog swept all championships"
    synonym:
  • sweep

8. Cover the entire range of

    synonym:
  • sweep

9. Make a big sweeping gesture or movement

    synonym:
  • swing
  • ,
  • sweep
  • ,
  • swing out

Examples of using

It will be difficult to sweep the room with the fan on!
It will be hard to sweep these crumbs.
You sweep the kitchen floor while I clean the bathroom.