swept

[ swept ]
/ swɛpt /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of sweep1.

adjective

(of a sword guard) made up of curved bars.

Nearby words

  1. swelter,
  2. sweltering,
  3. swelteringly,
  4. sweltry,
  5. swenson,
  6. swept volume,
  7. sweptback,
  8. sweptwing,
  9. swerve,
  10. sweven

Related formsun·swept, adjective

sweep

1
[ sweep ]
/ swip /

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

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

noun

Origin of sweep

1
1250–1300; Middle English swepen (v.); compare Old English geswēpa sweepings, derivative of swāpan to sweep (> obsolete English swope); cognate with German schweifen

Related formssweep·a·ble, adjectiveun·sweep·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for swept

swept

/ (swɛpt) /

verb

the past tense of sweep

sweep

/ (swiːp) /

verb sweeps, sweeping or swept

noun

Derived Formssweepy, adjective

Word Origin for sweep

C13 swepen; related to Old English swāpan, Old Norse sveipa; see swipe, swoop

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Word Origin and History for swept
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Idioms and Phrases with swept

sweep

In addition to the idioms beginning with sweep

  • sweep off someone's feet
  • sweep under the rug

also see:

  • make a clean sweep
  • new broom sweeps clean
  • (sweep) off someone's feet
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