sweep

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[ sweep ]
/ swip /

verb (used with object), swept, sweep·ing.

verb (used without object), swept, sweep·ing.

noun

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Origin of sweep

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1250–1300; Middle English swepen (v.); compare Old English geswēpa sweepings, derivative of swāpan to sweep (>obsolete English swope); cognate with German schweifen

OTHER WORDS FROM sweep

sweep·a·ble, adjectiveun·sweep·a·ble, adjective

Definition for sweep (2 of 2)

sweep2
[ sweep ]
/ swip /

noun Slang.

a sweepstakes.
Also sweeps.

Origin of sweep

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By shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for sweep

sweep
/ (swiːp) /

verb sweeps, sweeping or swept

noun

Derived forms of sweep

sweepy, adjective

Word Origin for sweep

C13 swepen; related to Old English swāpan, Old Norse sveipa; see swipe, swoop
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Idioms and Phrases with sweep

sweep

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