Meaning of “sweep” - Learner’s Dictionary

sweep

verb uk us /swiːp/ (past tense and past participle swept)
CLEAN [ I, T ] (also sweep up)

B2 to clean the floor using a brush:

She's just swept the floor.
He swept up the pieces of broken glass (= removed them from the floor with a brush).
be swept along/away, etc

B2 to be pushed or carried along, often by something strong that you cannot control:

Many trees were swept away in the flood.
They got swept along by the crowd.
AFFECT [ I, T ]

to quickly affect a large area:

The disease is sweeping the country.
Panic swept through the crowd.
sweep along/into/past, etc

to move quickly, especially in a way that shows you think you are important:

She swept past me in the corridor.

(Definition of “sweep verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)