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sift

sift

 
pronunciation:
sIft
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sifted, sifting, sifts
definition 1: to pass or force through a sieve in order to retain or break up the larger parts.
synonyms:
bolt, screen, sieve
similar words:
cull, filter, filtrate, pan, rack, refine, separate, strain
definition 2: to spread or sprinkle using, or as though using, a sieve.
The child sifted sand over her toes.
synonyms:
scatter, spread, sprinkle
similar words:
bolt, disperse, distribute, spray, strew, winnow
definition 3: to search through or question with close attention.
They sifted the evidence for clues.
synonyms:
comb, examine, scan, scrutinize, winnow
similar words:
analyze, evaluate, explore, inspect, investigate, peruse, question, ransack, rummage, search, study
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to pass something through a sieve.
synonyms:
sieve
similar words:
filter, filtrate, pan, percolate, strain
definition 2: to scatter or fall from, or as though from, a sieve.
Snow sifted onto the housetops.
synonyms:
effuse, scatter, sprinkle
similar words:
dispel, disperse, splash, splatter, spread
definition 3: to examine something in great detail.
She sifted through the report looking for errors.
synonyms:
delve, explore, probe
similar words:
hunt, investigate, research, rummage, search
derivation: sifter (n.)