Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sift”

sift

verb  /sɪft/ us  

sift verb (SEPARATE)

[T] to shake a powdered substance through a sieve in order to break lumps into very small grains: Sift some powdered sugar on top of the cake.

sift verb (EXAMINE)

[I/T] to make a close examination of something: [T] The police are carefully sifting the evidence. [I] I had to sift through all my papers.
(Definition of sift from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sift?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Preparing food, but you might be interested in these topics from the Cookery topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sift” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More