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sift

verb [T] (EXAMINE)    /sɪft/
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.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
(Definition of sift verb (EXAMINE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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