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Definition of "sweep" []

  • To clean or clear, as of dirt, with or as if with a broom or brush: sweep a chimney. (verb-transitive)
  • To clear away with or as if with a broom or brush: swept snow from the steps. (verb-transitive)
  • To clear (a path or space) with or as if with a broom. (verb-transitive)
  • To search thoroughly: The counselors swept the dormitory during the fire drill. (verb-transitive)
  • Electronics To search for and remove (eavesdropping devices) from a place: swept the room for bugs. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sweep" in a sentence
  • "Quiz Karl, get out the broom and lift up the rug * sweep, sweep*"
  • "KOPLAN: The term sweep, I'm not quite sure how are they using it."
  • "It started about 7: 00 a.m. local time and it's part of what they call a sweep and clean mission."