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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [swee-ping]
    • /ˈswi pɪŋ/
    • /ˈswiː.pɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [swee-ping]
    • /ˈswi pɪŋ/

Definitions of sweeping word

  • adjective sweeping of wide range or scope. 1
  • adjective sweeping moving or passing about over a wide area: a sweeping glance. 1
  • adjective sweeping moving, driving, or passing steadily and forcibly on. 1
  • adjective sweeping (of the outcome of a contest) decisive; overwhelming; complete: a sweeping victory. 1
  • noun sweeping the act of sweeping, especially a moving, removing, clearing, etc., by or as if by the use of a broom: to give the house a good sweep. 1
  • noun sweeping the steady, driving motion or swift onward course of something moving with force or without interruption: the sweep of the wind and the waves. 1

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Origin of sweeping

First appearance:

before 1470
One of the 25% oldest English words
First recorded in 1470-80; sweep1 + -ing2, -ing1

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Parts of speech for Sweeping


sweeping popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

sweeping usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sweeping

adj sweeping

  • across the board — If a policy or a situation applies across the board, it affects everything or everyone in a particular group.
  • across-the-board — applying to all employees, members, groups, or categories; general: The across-the-board pay increase means a raise for all employees.
  • all out — not at one's home or place of employment; absent: I stopped by to visit you last night, but you were out.
  • all over — All over a place means in every part of it.
  • all over but the shouting — (Idiomatic) The substance of the contest is complete, leaving only the cheering.

noun sweeping

  • antisepsis — destruction of undesirable microorganisms, such as those that cause disease or putrefaction
  • cleaning — the act of removing dirt or something undesirable
  • disinfection — to cleanse (rooms, wounds, clothing, etc.) of infection; destroy disease germs in.
  • homemaking — the establishment or management of a home; duties of a homemaker.
  • housework — the work of cleaning, cooking, etc., to be done in housekeeping.

adv sweeping

  • assiduously — constant; unremitting: assiduous reading.
  • comprehensively — Something that is done comprehensively is done thoroughly.
  • conscientiously — governed by conscience; controlled by or done according to one's inner sense of what is right; principled: She's a conscientious judge, who does not let personal prejudices influence her decisions.
  • efficiently — performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry; competent; capable: a reliable, efficient assistant.
  • hugely — extraordinarily large in bulk, quantity, or extent: a huge ship; a huge portion of ice cream.

adjective sweeping

  • curvilineal — (Of a line) Having bends; curved; curvilinear.
  • designless — without a design, unplanned
  • drastic — acting with force or violence; violent.
  • embracive — (archaic) Disposed to embrace; fond of caressing.
  • epidemic — A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.

Antonyms for sweeping

adverb sweeping

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