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sweep

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[ sweep ]
/ swip /
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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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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English swepen (verb); compare Old English geswēpa “sweepings,” derivative of swāpan “to sweep” or directly from obsolete English swope ); cognate with German schweifen

OTHER WORDS FROM sweep

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

Other definitions 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with sweep

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