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Definition 1: distinguish and separate out - [verb of cognition]

Samples where sift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sift through the job candidates

Synonyms for sift in the sense of this definition

(sift is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take any one of these cards" "Choose a good husband for your daughter" "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

Definition 2: separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements - [verb of contact]

Samples where sift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sift the flour

Synonyms for sift in the sense of this definition

(sift is a kind of ...) divide into components or constituents

"Separate the wheat from the chaff"

(... is a kind of sift ) sieve so that it becomes the consistency of rice

"rice the potatoes"

(... is a kind of sift ) sift anew

(... is a kind of sift ) separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

(... is a kind of sift ) separate the chaff from grain by using air currents

"She stood there winnowing grain all day in the field"

Definition 3: check and sort carefully - [verb of contact]

Samples where sift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sift the information

Synonyms for sift in the sense of this definition

(sift is a kind of ...) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

"analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare" "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial" "analyze your real motives"

Definition 4: move as if through a sieve - [verb of motion]

Samples where sift or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The soldiers sifted through the woods

(sift is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

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