verb (used with object)
to separate and retain the coarse parts of (flour, ashes, etc.) with a sieve.
to scatter or sprinkle through or by means of a sieve:
to sift sugar onto cake.
to separate by or as if by a sieve.
to examine closely:
The detectives are still sifting the evidence.
to question closely.
verb (used without object)
to sift something.
to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.
(transitive) to sieve (sand, flour, etc) in order to remove the coarser particles
to scatter (something) over a surface through a sieve
(transitive) to separate with or as if with a sieve; distinguish between
(transitive) to examine minutely: to sift evidence
(intransitive) to move as if through a sieve


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