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American English: /swip/
British English: /swiːp/

Translation of sweep in Spanish:


  • 1 (act) (no plural) give it a sweep
    dale un barrido or una barrida
    a clean sweep or (US also) a sweepnothing but a clean sweep of all the major prizes would satisfy him
    solo si barría or arrasaba con todos los premios se iba a quedar contento
    we can now make a clean sweep of all our debts
    ahora podemos quitarnos todas las deudas de encima
    the polls pointed to a coast-to-coast sweep by the President
    los sondeos pronosticaban un triunfo aplastante del presidente
  • 2 2.1 countable (movement) with a sweep of his arm
    con un amplio movimiento del brazo
    with a sweep of his scythe
    con un golpe de la guadaña
    the broad sweeps of his brush strokes
    el ancho trazo de sus pinceladas
    2.2 countable (curve) (of road, river) notice the superb sweep of the train (of dress)
    fíjese en la estupenda caída de la cola
    2.3 (range) (no plural)

transitive verb past tense & past participle swept

  • 1 1.1 (clean)
    he swept the room clean or out
    barrió bien la habitación
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (remove)
    he swept the crumbs off the table
    limpió la mesa de migas
    quitó las migas de la mesa
    he swept his hair back
    se echó el pelo hacia atrás
    she swept the leaves into a pile in the corner
    barrió la terraza ( or el patio etc. ) y amontonó las hojas en el rincón
    he swept the coins into a box
    con la mano reunió las monedas y las deslizó en una caja
    to sweep something under the rug or (British) carpet
    correr un velo sobre algo
    Example 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.
  • 2 (touch lightly, brush)
    her coat swept the ground as she walked
    al andar su abrigo rozaba el suelo
    her hand swept the strings
    pasó la mano por las cuerdas
    Example 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 3.1 (pass over, across) severe storms swept the coast
    grandes tormentas azotaron or barrieron la costa
    the waves of protest that were sweeping the state
    las olas de protesta que recorrían el estado
    dismay swept the meeting when the news broke
    la noticia causó consternación entre los reunidos
    the epidemic is sweeping the country
    la epidemia se extiende como un reguero de pólvora por el país
    3.2 (remove by force) the avalanche swept them to their deaths
    el alud los arrastró consigo y perdieron la vida
    we were being swept out to sea by the tide
    la marea nos arrastraba mar adentro
    she succeeded in sweeping us along with her enthusiasm
    consiguió arrastrarnos con su entusiasmo
    he advanced across Italy sweeping all before him
    cruzaba Italia arrasando (con) todo a su paso
    Example 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 telescope
    recorría or escudriñaba el horizonte con su telescopio
    4.2 (search)
    Example 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 5 (win overwhelmingly) our team swept the series
    nuestro equipo arrolló or arrasó en la serie
    nobody was surprised when she swept the country
    a nadie le sorprendió que se impusiera aplastantemente en todo el país

intransitive verb past tense & past participle swept

  • 1 (+ adverb complement) 1.1 (move rapidly) the car swept by or past without stopping
    el coche pasó rápidamente sin detenerse
    he swept to power on a wave of popularity
    una ola de popularidad lo llevó al poder
    1.2 (move proudly) she swept into the room
    entró majestuosamente en la habitación
    he swept past as if I wasn't there
    pasó por mi lado con la cabeza en alto, como si yo no existiera
  • 2 (+ adverb complement) 2.1 (spread)
    fire swept through the hotel
    el fuego se propagó or se extendió por todo el hotel
    panic swept through the ranks
    cundió el pánico en las filas
    2.2 (extend) the path sweeps down to the road
    el sendero baja describiendo una curva hasta la carretera
    the river sweeps over the plain to the sea
    el río recorre la llanura hasta llegar al mar
    2.3 (survey) his gaze swept over their faces
    recorrió sus rostros con la mirada

Phrasal verbs

sweep aside

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
hacer a un lado

sweep away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (carry away)
arrasar con
2 (abolish)

sweep up

1verb + adverb (clear up) 2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (clear up)
barrer y recoger
2.2 (gather up)
he swept her up in his arms
la levantó en brazos
she wears her hair swept up in a bun
lleva el pelo recogido en un moño
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