Definition of sweeping adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈswiːpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswiːpɪŋ//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] having an important effect on a large part of something sweeping reforms/changes Security forces were given sweeping powers to search homes. a sweeping programme of reorganization
  2. 2[usually before noun] (disapproving) too general and failing to think about or understand particular examples a sweeping generalization/statement
  3. 3sweeping victory a victory by a large number of votes, etc.
  4. 4[only before noun] forming a curved shape a sweeping gesture (= with your hand or arm) a sweeping staircase
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