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English noun: sweep

1. sweep (attribute) a wide scope

SamplesThe sweep of the plains.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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