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1 sweep /ˈswiːp/ verb
sweeps; swept /ˈswɛpt/ ; sweeping
1 sweep
/ˈswiːp/
verb
sweeps; swept /ˈswɛpt/ ; sweeping
Learner's definition of SWEEP
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to remove (something, such as dust or dirt) from a surface with a broom or brush or with a quick movement of your hand, fingers, etc.
: to remove dust, dirt, etc., from (something) with a broom or brush
[+ object]
[no object]
see also sweep out (below), sweep up (below)
always followed by an adverb or preposition
[no object] : to move or pass quickly, forcefully, or smoothly
often used figuratively
[no object] : to move or walk in a smooth, quick, and impressive way
[+ object] : to push or move (something) quickly or forcefully
[+ object] : to push, carry, or lift (someone or something) with great force
often used figuratively
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] of a feeling or emotion : to be felt suddenly
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to move (your hand, arm, etc.) in a wide, curving motion
[+ object] : to pass over (all of an area or place) in a continuous motion
[+ object] : to become very popular or common suddenly in (a particular place)
[+ object] : to win everything that can be won in (something, such as an election) in an easy or impressive way
[+ object] US, sports : to win all of the games in a series of games against another team
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to brush or pull (your hair) away from your face
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always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to form a long, smooth curve

sweep aside

[phrasal verb]
sweep (something) aside or sweep aside (something)
: to treat (something) as not important : to ignore (something)

sweep away

[phrasal verb]
sweep (something) away or sweep away (something)
: to destroy or remove (something) completely

sweep out

[phrasal verb]
sweep (something) out or sweep out (something)
: to remove dust, dirt, etc., from (something) by using a broom or brush

sweep (someone) off his/her feet

: to make (someone) suddenly become very attracted to you in a romantic way

sweep (something) under the rug

(US) or chiefly British sweep (something) under the carpet
: to hide (something that is illegal, embarrassing, or wrong)

sweep the board

chiefly British
: to win everything that can be won in a competition

sweep up

[phrasal verb]
sweep up or sweep (something) up or sweep up (something)
: to remove dust, dirt, etc., from (something) by using a broom or brush
sweep (something) up or sweep up (something) : to remove (something, such as dust, dirt, etc.) from a surface by using a broom or brush
sweep (someone or something) up or sweep up (someone or something) : to pick up (someone or something) in one quick, continuous motion
2 sweep /ˈswiːp/ noun
plural sweeps
2 sweep
/ˈswiːp/
noun
plural sweeps
Learner's definition of SWEEP
[count] : an act of cleaning an area with a broom or brush usually singular
[count] : a long, smooth movement often in a wide curve often + of
[count] : a large area of land often forming a wide curve + of usually singular
[singular] : everything that is included in something : the full range or extent of something + of
[count] : a search for something over a large area usually singular
[count] US, sports : an occurrence in which one team wins all the games in a series of games against another team
see also clean sweep at 1clean
sweeps [plural] US : a time during the year when television stations try to see which shows are the most popular in order to decide how much can be charged for advertising
[count] : chimney sweep
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