Definitions for SIFTsɪft

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to separate and retain the coarse parts of (flour, ashes, etc.) with a sieve.

  2. to scatter by means of a sieve:

    to sift sugar onto a cake.

  3. to separate by or as if by a sieve.

  4. to examine closely:

    The detectives are sifting the evidence.

  5. (v.i.)to sift something.

  6. to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.

Origin of sift:

bef. 900; OE siftan akin to sieve


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sift(verb)

    move as if through a sieve

    "The soldiers sifted through the woods"

  2. sift, sieve, strain(verb)

    separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

    "sift the flour"

  3. sieve, sift(verb)

    check and sort carefully

    "sift the information"

  4. sieve, sift(verb)

    distinguish and separate out

    "sift through the job candidates"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sift(verb)ɪft

    to pass a dry substance through a sieve

    Sift the flour.


  1. sift(Verb)

    To sieve or strain (something).

  2. sift(Verb)

    To separate or scatter (things) as if by sieving.

  3. sift(Verb)

    To examine (something) carefully.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sift(verb)

    to separate with a sieve, as the fine part of a substance from the coarse; as, to sift meal or flour; to sift powder; to sift sand or lime

  2. Sift(verb)

    to separate or part as if with a sieve

  3. Sift(verb)

    to examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize

Translations for SIFT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to separate by passing through a sieve etc

Sift the flour before making the cake.

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