sweeping Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “sweeping” - English Dictionary

"sweeping" in American English

See all translations

sweepingadjective

 us   /ˈswi·pɪŋ/
having ​greateffect or ​range: The ​proposalcalls for sweeping ​changes in ​publicland use.
(Definition of sweeping from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sweeping" in British English

See all translations

sweepingadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈswiː.pɪŋ/  us   /ˈswiː.pɪŋ/
affecting many things or ​people; ​large: It is ​obvious that sweeping changes are ​needed in the ​legalsystem. We need to make sweeping cuts to ​ourbudget.
sweeping statement/generalization disapproving
something that you say or write that is too ​general and that has not been ​carefullythought about: Sweeping ​generalizations about this ​complex and ​difficultsituation are not ​helpful.
(Definition of sweeping from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sweeping" in Business English

See all translations

sweepingadjective

uk   us   /ˈswiːpɪŋ/
making a ​big difference to a particular ​situation and affecting a lot of ​people: sweeping changes/cuts/reforms The ​party has ​embarked on a ​series of sweeping ​reforms.
(Definition of sweeping from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sweeping?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

planet

an extremely large, round mass of rock and metal, such as Earth, or of gas, such as Jupiter, that moves in a circular path around the sun or another star

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More