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sift

verb [T] uk   us   /sɪft/

sift verb [T] (SEPARATE)

to put flour, sugar, etc. through a sieve (= wire net shaped like a bowl) to break up large pieces: When the cake is cooked, sift some icing sugar over the top of it.

sift verb [T] (EXAMINE)

to make a close examination of all the parts of something in order to find something or to separate what is useful from what is not: The police are sifting the evidence very carefully to try and find the guilty person. After my father's death, I had to sift through all his papers. The police are trying to sift out the genuine warnings from all the hoax calls they have received.
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