English Synonyms and Antonyms
To clean is to make clean by removing dirt, impurities, or soil of any kind. Cleanse implies a worse condition to start from, and more to do, than clean. Hercules cleansed the Augean stables. Cleanse is especially applied to purifying processes where liquid is used, as in the flushing of a street, etc. We brush clothing if dusty, sponge it, or sponge it off, if soiled; or sponge off a spot. Furniture, books, etc., are dusted; floors are mopped or scrubbed; metallic utensils are scoured; a room is swept; soiled garments are washed; foul air or water is purified. Cleanse and purify are used extensively in a moral sense; wash in that sense is archaic. Compare AMEND.
Cleanse of or from physical or moral defilement; cleanse with an instrument; by an agent; the room was cleansed by the attendants with soap and water.
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a wide scope
"the sweep of the plains"
chimneysweeper, chimneysweep, sweepnoun
someone who cleans soot from chimneys
winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
sweep, sweep oarnoun
a long oar used in an open boat
end run, sweepnoun
(American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line
a movement in an arc
"a sweep of his arm"
sweep across or over
"Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"
move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
"The diva swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky"
sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
"Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed"
embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag inverb
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
"They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"
swing, sail, swing out, mat, entangle, espouse, get behind, snarl, scuff, hale, drag, sweep up, embrace, span, adopt, brush, drag out, tangle, hang back, trail, cart, puff, dishevel, traverse, broom, ravel, drag on, dredge, drop back, drag in, draw, cross, tousle, drop behind, embroil, haul, knot
cross, traverse, span, sweepverb
to cover or extend over an area or time period
"Rivers traverse the valley floor", "The parking lot spans 3 acres"; "The novel spans three centuries"
sail, cut through, get over, scotch, swing out, frustrate, spoil, cut across, foil, drag, sweep up, span, hybridize, brush, thwart, tangle, crossbreed, baffle, intersect, traverse, broom, pass over, swing, drag in, cover, cross, hybridise, get across, deny, embroil, bilk, track, interbreed
clean by sweeping
"Please sweep the floor"
win an overwhelming victory in or on
"Her new show dog swept all championships"
cover the entire range of
swing, sweep, swing outverb
make a big sweeping gesture or movement
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clean (with a broom)
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How to use sweep in a sentence?
It was not humane, it was a military style of operation, [Eisenhower] sent hundreds of border patrol officers to sweep up people.
A large part of the ruling party's efforts aim to sweep unpleasant things under the rug, and this is a distortion of history.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.
The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
Our view of deterrence has to rise above the old stovepipes that can build up in any big organization, deterrence in the space and cyber domains, and nuclear deterrence itself, shouldn't be seen as somehow entirely separate from the sweep of our operations.
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- падмесці, падмятаць, месціBelarusian
- zametat, zaméstCzech
- sgubo, ysguboWelsh
- fegen, kehrenGerman
- σκουπίζω, σαρώνωGreek
- barrer, peinarSpanish
- روبیدن, رُفتن, جارو کردنPersian
- harjata, luutia, pyyhkäistä, heilauttaa, puhtaasti, kammata, pyyhkäisy, perämies, etsintä, veikkaus, heilautus, lakaistaFinnish
- scuab, scuabadhIrish
- sguabScottish Gaelic
- सफ़ाई करना, झाड़ू लगा दोHindi
- մաքրել, ավլել, սրբել, ավլումArmenian
- setacciare, spazzare, ramazzare, scopareItalian
- 掃除, 掃く, 掃引Japanese
- 청소, 스위프Korean
- puruma, tahi, tahitahiMāori
- vegen, doorzoekenDutch
- zamieść, zamiataćPolish
- varrer, escovarPortuguese
- мести, прочесать, подмести, прочёсывать, подметатьRussian
- мести, помести, pomesti, mestiSerbo-Croatian
- zamiesť, zametaťSlovak
- ఊడ్చు, స్వీప్Telugu
- підмітати, підмести, местиUkrainian
- quét dọn, quétVietnamese
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