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English verb: sift

1. sift (motion) move as if through a sieve


SamplesThe soldiers sifted through the woods.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

2. sift (contact) separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements


SamplesSift the flour.


Synonymssieve, strain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)separate


Narrower (hyponym)fan, resift, rice, riddle, screen, winnow

3. sift (contact) check and sort carefully


SamplesSift the information.


Synonymssieve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study

4. sift (cognition) distinguish and separate out


SamplesSift through the job candidates.


Synonymssieve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take









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