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Synonyms for sweep
swipsweep

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sweep

    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.

    Synonyms:
    brush, clean, cleanse, disinfect, dust, lave, mop, purify, rinse, scour, scrub, sponge, wash, wipe

    Antonyms:
    befoul, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, contaminate, corrupt, debase, defile, deprave, pollute, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, vitiate

    Preposition:
    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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sweepverb

    Synonyms:
    remove, clean, brush, carry off, destroy

  2. sweepnoun

    Synonyms:
    compass, range, stroke,

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sweep, expansenoun

    a wide scope

    "the sweep of the plains"

    Synonyms:
    surface area, sweep oar, slam, area, end run, expanse, chimneysweep, chimneysweeper

  2. chimneysweeper, chimneysweep, sweepnoun

    someone who cleans soot from chimneys

    Synonyms:
    sweep oar, chimneysweep, end run, chimneysweeper, slam, expanse

  3. slam, sweepnoun

    winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge

    Synonyms:
    barb, dig, sweep oar, slam, shot, chimneysweeper, shaft, expanse, jibe, end run, gibe, chimneysweep

  4. sweep, sweep oarnoun

    a long oar used in an open boat

    Synonyms:
    sweep oar, chimneysweep, end run, chimneysweeper, slam, expanse

  5. end run, sweepnoun

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

    Synonyms:
    sweep oar, chimneysweep, end run, chimneysweeper, slam, expanse

  6. sweepverb

    a movement in an arc

    "a sweep of his arm"

    Synonyms:
    sweep oar, chimneysweep, end run, chimneysweeper, slam, expanse

  7. brush, sweepverb

    sweep across or over

    "Her long skirt brushed the floor"; "A gasp swept cross the audience"

    Synonyms:
    span, traverse, drag, embroil, sail, sweep up, tangle, brush, swing out, swing, cross, drag in, broom

  8. sweep, sailverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    span, navigate, traverse, cross, drag, embroil, sail, sweep up, tangle, voyage, brush, swing out, swing, drag in, broom

  9. sweep, broomverb

    sweep with a broom or as if with a broom

    "Sweep the crumbs off the table"; "Sweep under the bed"

    Synonyms:
    span, traverse, cross, drag, embroil, sail, sweep up, tangle, brush, swing out, swing, drag in, broom

  10. 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"

    Synonyms:
    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

  11. 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"

    Synonyms:
    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

  12. sweepverb

    clean by sweeping

    "Please sweep the floor"

    Synonyms:
    span, traverse, cross, drag, embroil, sail, sweep up, tangle, brush, swing out, swing, drag in, broom

  13. sweepverb

    win an overwhelming victory in or on

    "Her new show dog swept all championships"

    Synonyms:
    span, traverse, cross, drag, embroil, sail, sweep up, tangle, brush, swing out, swing, drag in, broom

  14. sweepverb

    cover the entire range of

    Synonyms:
    span, traverse, cross, drag, embroil, sail, sweep up, tangle, brush, swing out, swing, drag in, broom

  15. swing, sweep, swing outverb

    make a big sweeping gesture or movement

    Synonyms:
    dangle, sweep up, sail, tangle, sway, broom, brush, drop, get around, swing, embroil, swing out, swing over, drag in, cross, span, drag, traverse

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sweepverb

    Synonyms:
    clean (with a broom)

  2. sweepverb

    Synonyms:
    graze, touch (in passing), brush, rub over

  3. sweepverb

    Synonyms:
    traverse, pass over

  4. sweepverb

    Synonyms:
    carry off, sweep off, sweep away

  5. sweepnoun

    Synonyms:
    range, compass, scope

  6. sweepnoun

    Synonyms:
    swipe, swape, well-sweep

  7. sweepnoun

    Synonyms:
    destruction, havoc, ravage, devastation

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How to use sweep in a sentence?

  1. Mae Ngai:

    It was not humane, it was a military style of operation, [Eisenhower] sent hundreds of border patrol officers to sweep up people.

  2. Dariusz Stola:

    A large part of the ruling party's efforts aim to sweep unpleasant things under the rug, and this is a distortion of history.

  3. Robert F. Kennedy:

    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.

  4. John Christian Bovee:

    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.

  5. Lloyd Austin:

    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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