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sweep

noun

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  1. an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends Mrs. Griswold has been a teacher for so long that the sweep of her influence extends across three generations of the townspeople Synonyms ambit, amplitude, breadth, compass, confines, dimension(s), extent, reach, realm, scope, range, widthRelated Words gamut, spectrum, spread; bailiwick, circle, demesne, department, discipline, domain, element, fief, fiefdom, field, province, region, specialty, sphere, terrain; frontier; horizon, panorama


sweep

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sweep

  1. 1 to move or proceed smoothly and readily the wind swept across the plain without respite Synonyms bowl, breeze, brush, coast, cruise, drift, glide, roll, sail, skim, slide, slip, stream, flow, whiskRelated Words fly, race, rush, speedNear Antonyms limp, lumber, plod, stumble, trudge; shamble, shuffle; stamp, stomp, stump, tramp; labor, toilAntonyms flounder, struggle

  2. 2 to turn away from a straight line or course from this point the mountain range sweeps to the northeast and extends into the next state Synonyms arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, fall off, hook, round, curve, swerve, trend, wheelRelated Words circle, coil, curlicue, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; deviate, veerAntonyms straighten


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