sweep

When you use a broom to clean the floor, you sweep. You also sweep when you move in a smooth, confident way, like when you sweep onto the dance floor in a dazzling new outfit.

A barber sweeps up hair from the the barber shop floor, and your melodramatic brother sweeps his homework off his desk with his arm when he's frustrated. You can also use sweepfor things that move fast, like a car sweeping down a driveway or fire that sweeps through a forest. Informally, sweep also means "to win every contest," like when your favorite team sweeps the World Series. This usage comes from an older meaning, "winning all hands in a card game."

Definitions of sweep
  1. verb
    sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
    Sweep the crumbs off the table”
    Sweep under the bed”
    synonyms: broom
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    type of:
    pass over, wipe
    rub with a circular motion
  2. verb
    clean by sweeping
    “Please sweep the floor”
    Synonyms:
    broom
    sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
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    type of:
    clean, make clean
    make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
  3. verb
    sweep across or over
    “A gasp swept cross the audience”
    synonyms: brush
    brush
    touch lightly and briefly
    sail
    move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. verb
    make a big sweeping gesture or movement
    synonyms: swing, swing out
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    type of:
    handle, manage, wield
    manage or wield effectively
  5. verb
    move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
    “The diva swept into the room”
    “The searchlights swept across the sky”
    synonyms: sail
    brush
    sweep across or over
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    swan
    sweep majestically
    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  6. noun
    a movement in an arc
    “a sweep of his arm”
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    type of:
    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  7. noun
    someone who cleans soot from chimneys
    synonyms: chimneysweep, chimneysweeper
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    type of:
    cleaner
    someone whose occupation is cleaning
  8. verb
    force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    “They were swept up by the events”
    synonyms: drag, drag in, embroil, sweep up, tangle
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    type of:
    involve
    engage as a participant
  9. verb
    cover the entire range of
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    types:
    rake
    sweep the length of
    enfilade
    rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction
    type of:
    continue, cover, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
  10. verb
    cover or extend over an area or time period
    synonyms: cross, span, traverse
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    type of:
    continue, cover, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
  11. noun
    a wide scope
    “the sweep of the plains”
    synonyms: expanse
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    type of:
    ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope
    an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"
  12. verb
    win an overwhelming victory in or on
    “Her new show dog swept all championships”
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    type of:
    win
    be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious
  13. noun
    winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
    synonyms: slam
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    types:
    grand slam
    winning all of the tricks in a hand of bridge
    little slam, small slam
    winning all but one of the tricks in a hand of bridge
    type of:
    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
  14. noun
    a long oar used in an open boat
    synonyms: sweep oar
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    type of:
    oar
    an implement used to propel or steer a boat
  15. noun
    (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
    synonyms: end run
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    type of:
    run, running, running game, running play
    (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
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