(noun, verb)


1. a wide scope

- the sweep of the plains

Similar word(s): expanse

Definition categories: attribute, ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope

2. someone who cleans soot from chimneys

Definition categories: person, cleaner

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

Similar word(s): slam

Definition categories: event, triumph, victory

4. a long oar used in an open boat

Definition categories: man–made, oar

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

Definition categories: act, run, running

6. a movement in an arc

- a sweep of his arm

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement

Sentences with sweep as a noun:

- Bradman attempted a sweep, but in fact top edged the ball to the wicket keeper

- Jim will win fifty dollars in the office sweep if Japan wins the World Cup.

- the sweep of an epidemic disease

- the sweep of a door; the sweep of the eye


1. sweep across or over

Similar word(s): brush

Definition categories: motion, move

2. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

Similar word(s): sail

Definition categories: motion, move

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

- Sweep the crumbs off the table

- Sweep under the bed

Similar word(s): broom

Definition categories: contact, wipe

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

Similar word(s): drag, embroil, tangle

Definition categories: stative, involve

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

Similar word(s): cross, span, traverse

Definition categories: stative, continue, cover, extend

6. clean by sweeping

- Please sweep the floor

Definition categories: contact, clean

7. win an overwhelming victory in or on

Definition categories: competition, win

8. cover the entire range of

Definition categories: stative, continue, cover, extend

9. make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Similar word(s): swing

Definition categories: contact, handle, manage, wield

Sentences with sweep as a verb:

- to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney

- The wind sweeps across the plain.

- The wind sweeps the snow from the hills.

- to sweep the bottom of a river with a net

- to sweep the heavens with a telescope