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English definition of “sift”


verb [T]     /sɪft/
FOOD to put flour , sugar , etc through a sieve (= wire net shaped like a bowl ) to break up large pieces : Sift the flour into a large bowl .Preparing foodPreparing food using heat
LOOK CAREFULLY (also sift through) to carefully look at every part of something in order to find something: to sift through evidence Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
(Definition of sift verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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