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sweep

 
 
pronunciation:
swip
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: sweeps, sweeping, swept
definition 1: to clear of dirt or dust by using a broom or brush.
The maid swept the floor.
similar words:
brush
definition 2: to remove by brushing with a broom or brush (usually followed by "away," "up," or "out").
She swept the dust away.
similar words:
brush
definition 3: to move, carry away, or remove with force.
The river swept the child away.
similar words:
swing
definition 4: to touch lightly; brush.
Her dress swept the floor.She swept his face with her hand.
similar words:
brush, graze
definition 5: to pass through or over with force or speed.
Fear is sweeping the country.
definition 6: to pass over by a long, steady motion.
Her eyes swept the room.
definition 7: to move steadily with great force or speed.
The hurricane swept through our village.
similar words:
lash
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or motion of sweeping.
He cleared the table with one sweep of his hand.
similar words:
brush
definition 2: a steady line or motion.
The sweep of the pitcher's leg before he throws is very graceful.
definition 3: a large, clear area.
The farmer looked out across the sweep of plains.
similar words:
spread, stretch
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