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

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 These districts are supposed to provide property owners with services that go beyond those routinely provided by the city, such as regular sidewalk and street sweeping, trash collection, tree trimming and graffiti removal. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2021 The sweeping has sparked fierce debate over the treatment of people without housing, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 26 Mar. 2021 Over the short term, the reductions in street sweeping could still allow for a modest expansion in cleanings. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 Though the buyout program helped the Bureau of Street Services to cut costs, the move to reduce street sweeping could take a big bite out the city’s revenue from parking tickets. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 Before the sweeping was done, the first of the visitors arrived. Katy Reckdahl, NOLA.com, 2 Jan. 2021 Take an hour to hit the high-traffic spots: Change the sheets, fluff up some fresh towels, clear areas like tables and benches of those pesky piles of stuff and do a high-speed sweeping. Casey Barber, CNN, 30 Dec. 2020 The services would include: tree trimming, weed whacking, street sweeping, re-painting light poles, removing graffiti, picking up trash, landscaping and power washing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2020 After three-and-a-half months of relatively smooth operations, however, the Ravens surely did not expect a blow this sweeping. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In response to recent Republican efforts to revise state election laws, Texas state Democrats are beginning to map their offensive which centers on a sweeping voter registration campaign. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 8 June 2021 In assessing parts of the sweeping health-care overhaul, Roberts initially, during March 2012 votes, found an individual insurance requirement unlawful and a Medicaid expansion provision valid. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 4 June 2021 This year, the Ad Council is spearheading a sweeping education campaign to encourage Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccine and IBM committed its AI creative ad capabilities to optimize the campaign. Michelle Greenwald, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The trio take their positions as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and board Chairman Ron Bloom, a Democrat, pursue a sweeping 10-year overhaul of mail operations. Anthony Izaguirre, ajc, 28 May 2021 Lawmakers and others said DeSantis aggressively pushed the sweeping overhaul of state gaming laws, and personally negotiated with the Seminole Tribe. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Georgia's sweeping new overhaul of election laws threatens the fundamental right to vote, freedom of speech and the separation of powers, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Kate Brumback, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 Georgia’s sweeping new overhaul of election laws threatens the fundamental right to vote, freedom of speech, and the separation of powers, says a federal lawsuit filed Monday. BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2021 The pace of announcements trounces even the 2018 bonanza that followed the sweeping tax overhaul of late 2017. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 16 May 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Sweeping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweeping. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for sweeping

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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