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English definition of “sweep”

sweep

verb [I/T] (MOVE)   /swip/ (past tense and past participle swept  /swept/)
to move quickly and sometimes forcefully : [I always + adv/prep] A stiff breeze swept across the parking lot. [I always + adv/prep] He would sweep through the room shaking hands with everyone. [T] Our headlights were sweeping the trees ahead .
(Definition of sweep verb (MOVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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