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noun sweep pronunciation in American English /swip/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] a long wide curved area of land or water
  2. 2
    [countable] a long smooth curved movement
    sweep of:

    He threw the gun aside with a sweep of his arm.

  3. 3
    [singular] a range of different things that together form a larger unit
    sweep of:

    the broad sweep of history

  4. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] a search of an area made by soldiers or police officers
  5. 6
    [singular] American a series of successes in sports, or the achievement of winning all the top places in a competition

    a three-game sweep

  6. 8
    [singular] an act of sweeping something

    She gave the floor a quick sweep.



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