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English noun: sweep

1. sweep (attribute) a wide scope


SamplesThe sweep of the plains.


Synonymsexpanse


Broader (hypernym)ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope

2. sweep (person) someone who cleans soot from chimneys


Synonymschimneysweep, chimneysweeper


Broader (hypernym)cleaner

3. sweep (event) winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge


Synonymsslam


Broader (hypernym)triumph, victory


Narrower (hyponym)grand slam, little slam, small slam


Part meronymbridge

4. sweep (artifact) a long oar used in an open boat


Synonymssweep oar


Broader (hypernym)oar

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


Synonymsend run


Broader (hypernym)run, running, running game, running play


Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

6. sweep (act) a movement in an arc


SamplesA sweep of his arm.


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement


English verb: sweep

1. sweep (motion) sweep across or over


SamplesHer long skirt brushed the floor.
A gasp swept cross the audience.


Synonymsbrush


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)move


Verb groupbrush, sail, sweep

2. sweep (motion) move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions


SamplesThe diva swept into the room.
Shreds of paper sailed through the air.
The searchlights swept across the sky.


Synonymssail


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)swan


Verb groupbrush, sweep

3. sweep (contact) sweep with a broom or as if with a broom


SamplesSweep the crumbs off the table.
Sweep under the bed.


Synonymsbroom


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)pass over, wipe


Verb groupsweep

4. sweep (stative) force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action


SamplesThey were swept up by the events.
Don't drag me into this business.


Synonymsdrag, drag in, embroil, sweep up, tangle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)involve

5. sweep (stative) to cover or extend over an area or time period


SamplesRivers traverse the valley floor.
The parking lot spans 3 acres.
The novel spans three centuries.


Synonymscross, span, traverse


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)continue, cover, extend

6. sweep (contact) clean by sweeping


SamplesPlease sweep the floor.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)clean, make clean


Verb groupbroom, sweep

7. sweep (competition) win an overwhelming victory in or on


SamplesHer new show dog swept all championships.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)win

8. sweep (stative) cover the entire range of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)continue, cover, extend


Narrower (hyponym)rake

9. sweep (contact) make a big sweeping gesture or movement


Synonymsswing, swing out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)handle, manage, wield









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