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  1. (verb-transitive) To put (flour, for example) through a sieve or other straining device in order to separate the fine from the coarse particles.
  2. (verb-transitive) To distinguish as if separating with a sieve: sifted the candidates for the job.
  3. (verb-transitive) To apply by scattering with or as if with a sieve: sift sugar on a dessert.
  4. (verb-transitive) To examine and sort carefully: sift the evidence.
  5. (verb-intransitive) To make use of a sieve.
  6. (verb-intransitive) To pass through or as if through a sieve: a meal that sifts easily.
  7. (verb-intransitive) To make a careful examination: sifted through back issues of the magazine.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. As the syllables of Apatow's name sift through her mellifluous vocal chords, my pinball brain starts to tilt: You, Catherine Deneuve, are a Judd Apatow fan? - Top Stories
  2. On Monday, as you no doubt already know, Tina Brown and Barry Diller launched The Daily Beast, a Web site that promises to "sift" and "curate" the unruly Internet. - A Look Back: The Daily Beast's First 100 Hours
  3. The Maidstone 'sift' hasn't actually taken place yet. - Maidstone and the Weald: Iain Dale Misses Cut?
  4. HANSEN: And people knowing about your accident will tend to kind of sift through your next project to find out ` Where do we find these nuggets of his own experience in here? ' - Mark Knopfler, Discovering 'Shangri-La'
  5. Some cute things that you used to have to actually go in person to kind of sift through and figure out. - CNN Transcript Nov 28, 2005


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