Translation of sweep in Spanish:
- 1 (act) (no plural) give it a sweepa clean sweep o (in American English also) a sweepnothing but a clean sweep of all the major prizes would satisfy himdale un barrido or una barridabárrelowe can now make a clean sweep of all our debtssolo si barría or arrasaba con todos los premios se iba a quedar contentothe polls pointed to a coast-to-coast sweep by the Presidentahora podemos quitarnos todas las deudas de encimalos sondeos pronosticaban un triunfo aplastante del presidente
- 2 2.1 countable (movement) See examples: with a sweep of his armwith a sweep of his scythecon un amplio movimiento del brazothe broad sweeps of his brush strokescon un golpe de la guadaña2.2 countable (curve — of road, river) notice the superb sweep of the train (of dress)el ancho trazo de sus pinceladas2.3 (range) (no plural)fíjese en la estupenda caída de la cola
- 8 countable → sweepstakes
transitive verb past tense & past participle swept
- 1 1.1 (clean)(floor/path)(chimney)he swept the room clean o out1.2 (remove)barrió bien la habitación(leaves/dirt)(mines)he swept the crumbs off the tablehe swept his hair backlimpió la mesa de migasquitó las migas de la mesashe swept the leaves into a pile in the cornerse echó el pelo hacia atráshe swept the coins into a boxbarrió la terraza ( or el patio etc) y amontonó las hojas en el rincónto sweep something under the rug o (British English) carpetcon la mano reunió las monedas y las deslizó en una cajacorrer un velo sobre algoExample sentences
- Before beginning the sanding procedure carefully sweep all dirt, dust and other debris from the floor.
- She didn't have a beautiful garden, but she kept the place neat and tidy, even to the point where she swept the bare dirt in her yard.
- I said that I had a broom but I didn't have a pan to sweep the dirt into.
- She swept out the dirt floor, her broom struck something under the bed.
- Stable boys were bedding the horses down for the night or sweeping the stabling area clean.
- ‘We can cram in loads of people and it doesn't matter if anything gets dropped, as it can be swept out the next morning,’ says Skelton.
- 2 (touch lightly, brush)(surface)her coat swept the ground as she walkedher hand swept the stringsal andar su abrigo rozaba el suelopasó la mano por las cuerdasExample sentences
- Her long, curling dark hair had been swept upwards into the most fashionable style as of late, pinned into place by delicate silver gems that shone in her hair.
- She picked up her brush and quickly swept her long hair into a fashionable ponytail and then got up and walked over to her closet, which was brimming with clothes.
- Tilting her face upwards, she swept her long hair back, her hand skimming the stitches along her hairline.
- 3 3.1 (pass over, across) See examples: severe storms swept the coastthe waves of protest that were sweeping the stategrandes tormentas azotaron or barrieron la costadismay swept the meeting when the news brokelas olas de protesta que recorrían el estadothe epidemic is sweeping the countryla noticia causó consternación entre los reunidos3.2 (remove by force) the avalanche swept them to their deathsla epidemia se extiende como un reguero de pólvora por el paíswe were being swept out to sea by the tideel alud los arrastró consigo y perdieron la vidashe succeeded in sweeping us along with her enthusiasmla marea nos arrastraba mar adentrohe advanced across Italy sweeping all before himconsiguió arrastrarnos con su entusiasmocruzaba Italia arrasando (con) todo a su pasoExample sentences
- I was swept along with the crowd and found myself genuinely delighted when Fulham went ahead.
- She did not wish to go to the top, for she knew what would take place and had no desire to see it, but her own feelings were quelled and she was docilely swept along with the crowd.
- The riotous crowd around him swept him along through arcane underground tunnels to a vaulted hall.
- 4 4.1 (scan) he swept the horizon with his telescope4.2 (search)recorría or escudriñaba el horizonte con su telescopioExample sentences
- The classic example has been the Toronto Blessing, which came to Slovakia via the UK, and swept through many churches affecting thousands of believers.
- On the morning of August 16, hundreds of soldiers surrounded and swept through areas of the northern town of Mannar and suburbs.
- Fifty years ago, an epidemic swept across this nation affecting millions of people and lasting for many years.
- Then I take off at a jog across the tilled field, carefully avoiding the search tower spotlights which sweep the area under the beady eye of the armed guards.
- Only seconds after removing the vent cover and ducking inside, nearly a dozen powerful beams of light swept the area in search of the intruder.
- Lonely eyes swept the room, searching for open arms or warm eyes.
- Dressed in an oriental-style black and white top and designer jeans, Georgina held her hand up to her face as the car swept past the waiting crowds.
- As the fire swept over the car the fuel tank began to boil and a six metre jet of flames spurted out of the back of the car.
- We walked down the tar road that was shimmering in the heat, dodging the occasional car sweeping past, until we came to the bridge.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle swept
- 1 (+ adverb complement) 1.1 (move rapidly) See examples: the car swept by o past without stoppinghe swept to power on a wave of popularityel coche pasó rápidamente sin detenerse1.2 (move proudly) See examples: she swept into the roomuna ola de popularidad lo llevó al poderhe swept past as if I wasn't thereentró majestuosamente en la habitaciónpasó por mi lado con la cabeza en alto, como si yo no existiera
- 2 (+ adverb complement) 2.1 (spread)fire swept through the hotelextendersepanic swept through the ranksel fuego se propagó or se extendió por todo el hotel2.2 (extend) See examples: the path sweeps down to the roadcundió el pánico en las filasthe river sweeps over the plain to the seael sendero baja describiendo una curva hasta la carretera2.3 (survey) See examples: his gaze swept over their facesel río recorre la llanura hasta llegar al marrecorrió sus rostros con la mirada
- 1.1 (carry away)
- 1verb + adverb (clear up) 2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (clear up)
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