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Definition of '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"
       Synonyms: sieve strain
  3. check and sort carefully; "sift the information"
       Synonyms: sieve
  4. distinguish and separate out; "sift through the job candidates"
       Synonyms: sieve

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