Something that's sweeping is wide-ranging or thorough. A political candidate might campaign on promises to bring sweeping change to a country.

Sweeping things can be extensive, like the sweeping powers a president has in a dictatorship, or curving, like the sweeping motion a dancer makes with his arm. Sweeping can also mean "overly broad," so if you make a sweeping generalization, you take a general idea or rule and apply it too widely, without allowing any exceptions to it.

Definitions of sweeping

adj taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination

“a sweeping glance”
“a wide- sweeping view of the river”
broad, wide
having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other

adj ignoring distinctions

sweeping generalizations”
not marked by fine distinctions

n the act of cleaning with a broom

Type of:
cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
the act of making something clean

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