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Verb: sift  sift
  1. Move as if through a sieve
    "The soldiers sifted through the woods"
     
  2. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
    "sift the flour";
    - sieve, strain
     
  3. Check and sort carefully
    "sift the information";
    - sieve
     
  4. Distinguish and separate out
    "sift through the job candidates";
    - sieve

Derived forms: sifts, sifting, sifted

Type of: analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], canvas, canvass, choose, examine, go, locomote, move, pick out, select, separate, study, take, travel

Encyclopedia: Sift