Synonyms of 'sweep'
1 brushDictionary, clean, wipe
She was in the kitchen sweeping the floor.
2 clearDictionary, remove, brush
I swept rainwater off the flat top of a gravestone.
3 carryDictionary, pull, drag
Suddenly, she was swept along by the crowd.
4 sailDictionary, pass, fly
The car swept past the gate house.
The bird flew away.
The door flew open and she tore into the room.
A police car zoomed by.
The royal ships glided past fjords and dramatic waterfalls.
seagulls skimming over the waves
heavy, rain-laden clouds scudding across the sky
A pretty young girl came hurtling down the stairs.
6 swaggerDictionary, sail, breeze
She swept into the conference room.
7 scanDictionary, run over, skim
Her gaze sweeps rapidly around the room.
She scanned the advertisement pages of the newspaper.
I only had time to skim over the script before I came here.
We eyed each other thoughtfully.
Check the accuracy of every detail in your CV.
He examined her passport and stamped it.
run your eye over
In both republics, centre-right parties swept to power.
1 movementDictionary, move, swing
She indicated the garden with a sweep of her hand.
2 arcDictionary, bend, curve
the great sweep of the bay
3 searchDictionary, check, examination
Two of the soldiers swiftly began making a sweep of the premises.
There was no chance of him being found alive and the search was abandoned.
He is being constantly monitored with regular checks on his blood pressure.
They have taken the documents away for examination.
She took a last look in the mirror.
The couple had helped in the hunt for the toddlers.
He ordered an investigation into the affair.
Michael was given a complete going-over and was diagnosed with hay fever.
A routine inspection of the vessel turned up 50 kg of the drug.
an exploration of Celtic mythology
4 extentDictionary, range, span
the whole sweep of German social and political history
an estate about seven or eight acres in extent
The average age range is between 35 and 55.
With a span of 6ft, her wings dominated the stage.
It's a very dangerous stretch of road.
the scope of a novel
Within the compass of a book of this size, such a comprehensive survey is not practicable.
phrasal verbsweep something aside
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An arc is a smoothly curving line or movement.
The 71 offices are spread out in an arc around London.
A bend in a road, pipe, or other long thin object is a curve or angle in it.
The crash occurred on a sharp bend.
Thesaurus for sweep from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you sweep an area of floor or ground, you push dirt or rubbish off it using a brush with a long handle.