French translation of 'sweep'
1. (with brush) coup m de balai
The floor could do with a sweep. Un coup de balai par terre ne serait pas du luxe.
2. (= curving movement) [of arm, hand] grand geste m
With one sweep of her hand she threw back the sheets. D’un grand geste de la main, elle rejeta les draps.
3. (= expanse) [of land] étendue f
4. (= curve) courbe
the great sweep of the bay la vaste courbe de la baie
5. (= range) [of history, opinion] pan m
representatives from a broad sweep of left-wing opinion des représentants d’un vaste pan de l’opinion de gauche
6. (= search)
to make a sweep of an area ratisser une zone
7. (also: chimney sweep) ramoneur/euse m/f
transitive verbWord forms: past tense, past participle swept
1. (= clean) [floor, ground, room] balayer
to sweep the floor balayer par terre
2. (= clear with brush) [dust, crumbs, leaves, snow] balayer
She swept the crumbs into a dust pan. Elle balaya les miettes dans une pelle.
to sweep sth under the carpet (figurative) balayer qch sous le tapis
3. (= push with hand) balayer
She swept the bottles from her bedside table. Elle balaya les bouteilles de sa table de chevet.
She swept her hair off her face. Elle écarta les cheveux de son visage d’un revers de main.
4. (= move quickly and with force) [wind, sea, crowd] emporter
She was swept out to sea by the currents. Elle a été emportée vers le large par les courants.
He was swept along by the crowd. Il a été emporté par la foule.
5. (= spread quickly in)
[fashion, craze, epidemic] se répandre dans
the wave of patriotism sweeping the country la vague de patriotisme qui balaie le pays
6. (= move quickly over) [lights, eyes, gaze] balayer
Searchlights swept the park. Les projecteurs balayaient le parc.
intransitive verbWord forms: past tense, past participle swept
1. [wind] balayer
Cold winds swept over the barren plains. Des vents froids balayaient les mornes plaines.
2. (= move impressively) [person]
to sweep into [room] faire irruption dans
She swept into the conference room. Elle fit irruption dans la salle de conférence.
to sweep to victory s’envoler vers la victoire
3. (= spread quickly) [epidemic, rumours, trend, fashion] faire rage
A flu epidemic is sweeping through Moscow. Une épidémie de grippe fait rage à Moscou.
4. (= stretch) [land, water] s’étendre
The gardens sweep down to the shore. Les jardins s’étendent jusqu’au rivage.
Phrasal verbssweep away, sweep aside, sweep past, sweep up
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Example Sentences Including 'sweep'
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Yet a longer sweep is liable to produce rather more mixed results.The Times Literary Supplement (2012)
He sweeps his hand through his hair again.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
If it detects an enemy sweep, the boat dives and moves somewhere safer before repeating the process.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
It's not entirely terrible that a lot of the past has been swept away.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Push from the left foot to lunge over to the other side in one sweeping movement.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
That hair is swept up and tied back into a ponytail.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Then there has been a whole sweep of diseases.The Sun (2010)
This arc of pristine sand sweeps around a bay backed by swaying palm trees.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You can follow a trail up the cliff; the reward is an amazing view of two sweeping bays and the whole peninsula beyond.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Any hopes of an improvement after the interval were quickly swept away.The Sun (2012)
It was fantastic to have the crowd with us and they swept us along.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Yes, it is very early to be making sweeping assessments but these were worrying signs.The Sun (2009)
You can imagine with the hotel sweeping across opposite the pavilion side it will look terrific.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
They paint the grand sweep of history.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
He promised sweeping reforms and social justice for all.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
So make a clean sweep with these sparkling offers.The Sun (2014)
Tax accountants are also being swept aside.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
The team swept the area before blowing up the shell.The Sun (2008)
Yesterday police were making one final sweep of the crime scene.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
The broad brush sweeps before it the guilty and the innocent.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The great sweeping ideologies had been a failure.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
They won it because they refused to be swept away.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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'sweep' in Other Languages
British English: sweep /swiːp/ VERB
If you sweep an area of ground, you push dirt or rubbish off it with a broom.
She was in the kitchen sweeping crumbs into a dust pan.
- American English: sweep
- Arabic: يَكْنُسُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: varrer
- Chinese: 扫
- Croatian: mesti
- Czech: zamést
- Danish: feje
- Dutch: vegen
- European Spanish: barrer
- Finnish: lakaista
- French: balayer
- German: fegen
- Greek: σκουπίζω
- Italian: spazzare
- Japanese: 掃く
- Korean: 쓸다
- Norwegian: feie
- Polish: rozciągnąć się
- European Portuguese: varrer
- Romanian: a mătura
- Russian: мести
- Spanish: barrer
- Swedish: sopa
- Thai: กวาด
- Turkish: süpürmek
- Ukrainian: замітати
- Vietnamese: quét
Translation of sweep from the Collins English to French Dictionary