sweeping

noun
sweep·​ing | \ ˈswē-piŋ How to pronounce sweeping (audio) \

Definition of sweeping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or action of one that sweeps gave the room a good sweeping
2 sweepings plural : things collected by sweeping : refuse

sweeping

adjective

Definition of sweeping (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide area
b : having a curving line or form
2a : extensive sweeping reforms
b : marked by wholesale and indiscriminate inclusion sweeping generalities

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Other Words from sweeping

Adjective

sweepingly adverb
sweepingness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sweeping

Synonyms: Adjective

broad, deep, expansive, extended, extensive, far-flung, far-reaching, rangy, wide, wide-ranging, widespread

Antonyms: Adjective

narrow

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Examples of sweeping in a Sentence

Noun

The porch needs a good sweeping.

Adjective

a sweeping view of the valley He dismissed the idea with a sweeping motion of his arm.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Separately, Xi and Macron issued a sweeping, 37-point joint statement that seemed like another rebuke to Trump. Sylvie Corbet, The Seattle Times, "China’s Xi, European leaders form trade policy partnership," 26 Mar. 2019 The July 30 vote was peaceful but scenes of the military sweeping into the capital two days later to disperse opposition protesters led to fears that Mnangagwa's government was stuck in the past despite declarations of reforms. Fox News, "The Latest: Zimbabwe court upholds president's election win," 24 Aug. 2018 The final goal came from Belgium’s final attack of the game, a sweeping, length-of-the-field surge that ended up with Nacer Chadli tapping into the Japan net. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium Rallies From Two-Goal Deficit to Stun Japan in the World Cup," 2 July 2018 Amid a litany of promises ranging from the hyper specific to the sweeping, NBC News has zeroed in on and evaluated 10. NBC News, "One Year Later, What Trump’s Delivered – and What He Hasn’t," 8 Nov. 2017 The sweeping, 37-page indictment marked the first time the federal government identified specific culprits and included a wealth of information. Washington Post, "Evidence against Russians might never see the light of day," 3 Mar. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Bloomberg.com, "Doping Charge Could Hurt Russia's Chance At Reinstatement," 19 Feb. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Time, "A Russian Curling Medalist Has Been Charged With Doping at the PyeongChang Olympics," 19 Feb. 2018 Curlers need to have strong core muscles and upper body strength in order to manage the often rigorous sweeping that helps them guide the rock down the ice. Kristen Gelineau, Houston Chronicle, "Olympic curling world stunned by Russian doping scandal," 19 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The House's Stopping Bad Robocalls Act directs regulators to grant sweeping new powers to consumers to keep robocallers at bay. Emily Cadei, Anchorage Daily News, "Americans are sick of robocalls. Can Congress agree on how to block them?," 13 Aug. 2019 Her sweeping political reforms sparked opposition from a sector of the conservative Russian nobility. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 In 2013, a judge found deputies had used race as a factor in their policing and ordered sweeping reforms of the office’s policies. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Joe Arpaio 2020 billboards pop up, but is he actually running?," 14 July 2019 The European Union implemented sweeping privacy reforms last year to control how residents’ personal information can be used. Fortune, "The European Shopping Center Where Technology’s Future Is Being Tracked Today," 14 July 2019 In all, Evers' 78 vetoes were a reminder that Wisconsin gives its governors some of the most sweeping executive powers in the country and allows them to hold the upper hand in budget standoffs. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers uses his vast veto power to raise school spending another $65 million, wipe out Tesla provision," 3 July 2019 The office of attorney general has sweeping investigatory and prosecutorial powers to do just that. NBC News, "Trump fumes about Cuomo, New York A.G. over state investigations," 1 July 2019 Nazarbayev, who had run the oil-rich former Soviet republic for almost three decades before stepping down in March and retains sweeping powers, handpicked the 66-year-old diplomat to succeed him, making the outcome of the vote all but certain. Washington Post, "UPDATE 3-Nazarbayev ally set to win Kazakh vote as hundreds protest," 9 June 2019 On a recent summer evening, preserve manager Melissa Dabulamanzi drove up a narrow, winding dirt road toward Tule Elk Overlook, which provides a sweeping view of the San Joaquin Valley floor. Los Angeles Times, "California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of sweeping

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sweeping was in the 14th century

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sweeping

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sweeping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of cleaning an area with a broom or brush

sweeping

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sweeping (Entry 2 of 2)

: including or involving many things : wide in range or amount
disapproving : too general : including or involving too many things or people
: having a curving form : forming a curve

sweeping

adjective
sweep·​ing | \ ˈswē-piŋ\

Kids Definition of sweeping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : moving or extending in a wide curve or over a wide area a sweeping driveway Jason dodged the sweeping blade.— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
2 : extensive sweeping changes

sweeping

noun

Kids Definition of sweeping (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of cleaning an area with a broom or brush
2 sweepings plural : things collected by sweeping

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