Meaning of “sift” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “sift” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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.

(Definition of “sift” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)