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sift

verb  us   /sɪft/

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.
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