sweeping

noun
sweep·​ing | \ ˈswē-piŋ \

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

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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

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 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

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Ultimately, opponents of sweeping California-style reform had enough votes to block legislation adopting a California-style ban on noncompete enforcement. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses," 21 Aug. 2018 Though controversy around these detentions has repeatedly spurred bureaucratic apologies and promises of sweeping reform, concerns about the effects of immigration policy on children have done little to stop these problems from happening again. Brianna Nofil, Time, "Family Separation Is Officially Over, but History Suggests the U.S. Won't Find a Good Solution for Migrant Children," 28 June 2018 Baltimore is struggling to tackle its high rates of violent crime, her office still has a strained relationship with city police, and a federal consent decree mandating sweeping police reforms is gradually ramping up. Bloomberg.com, "Top Baltimore Prosecutor Mosby Wins Democratic Primary," 27 June 2018 Mr Peña forged a coalition of Mexico’s main parties to pass sweeping reforms and aimed for growth of 6% by the end of his term. The Economist, "How Andrés Manuel López Obrador will remake Mexico," 23 June 2018 Peter Fleischer, Google’s global privacy counsel, told a data protection conference in Berlin in the run up to the May 25 deadline for the sweeping new measures to enter into force. Bloomberg, Fortune, "GDPR Architect Says She Hardly Got Any Data Privacy Emails," 6 June 2018 In 2013, after being publicly chastised by the appellate defender's office, Brown promised sweeping reforms in her management practices. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Hundreds of Illinois prisoners languish behind bars waiting for Dorothy Brown to do her job," 24 May 2018 The controversy over the lack of sentencing reform in the bill has underscored sharp divisions among Democrats and other advocates of sweeping criminal justice reform. Eli Watkins, CNN, "White House-backed prisons bill divides parties, hits roadblocks in Senate," 23 May 2018 The Commission on College Basketball, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, calling for sweeping reforms to minimize one-and-done, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life. The Courier-Journal, "LIVE NOW: Commission on College Basketball's recommendations and what they mean," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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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

: 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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