Synonyms of sweep in English:

sweep


See definition of sweep

verb

1‘she swept the kitchen floor’

SYNONYMS

brush, clean, scrub, wipe, mop, dust, scour, scrape, rake, buff

vacuum, hoover

informal do

2‘I swept the crumbs off the floor’

SYNONYMS

remove, wash away, expel, dispose of, eliminate, get rid of

brush, clean, clear, whisk

3‘he was swept out to sea’

SYNONYMS

carry, pull, drag, drive

4‘riots swept the country’

SYNONYMS

engulf, overwhelm, flood, flow across, surge over

5‘he had swept down the stairs with his arm about John's shoulders’

SYNONYMS

glide, sail, stride, breeze, stroll, sally, swagger, drift, flit, flounce

6‘a flotilla of limousines swept past’

SYNONYMS

glide, sail, dash, charge, rush, streak, speed, fly, zoom, swoop, whizz, hurtle

informal tear

7‘fire swept through the building’

SYNONYMS

race, hurtle, streak, spread like lightning

informal tear, whip

8‘police had swept the conference room at 6am and 8am’

SYNONYMS

search, probe, check, explore, hunt through, look through, delve in, go through, sift through, scour, comb, go through with a fine-tooth comb, leave no stone unturned in


noun

1‘with a great sweep of his hand, he bowed’

SYNONYMS

gesture, movement, move, action, stroke, wave

2‘both men were arrested in a nationwide security sweep’

SYNONYMS

search, hunt, exploration, probe, forage, pursuit, quest

3‘she looked out into the grey sweep of road’

SYNONYMS

curve, curvature, bend, arc, arch, bow, turn

4‘this is a modern resort featuring a long sweep of golden sand’

SYNONYMS

expanse, tract, stretch, space, plain, extent, vastness, vista

5‘the broad sweep of our business interests’

SYNONYMS

range, span, scope, compass, reach, spread, ambit, remit, gamut, orbit, spectrum, sphere, purview, limit, extent


Phrases

    sweep something aside

      ‘they can sweep aside any criticism by declaring that they are rewarding the loyalty of dedicated fans’

      SYNONYMS

      disregard, ignore, take no notice of, think no more of, dismiss, shrug off, forget about, brush aside

    sweep something under the carpet

      ‘their grievances became clearly visible and could no longer be conveniently swept under the carpet’

      SYNONYMS

      hide, conceal, keep hidden, suppress, keep quiet about, hush up, not disclose, not breathe a word of, censor, redact, gag, withhold, cover up, smother, stifle, muzzle, ban

      ANTONYMS

      disclose, publicize