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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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

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

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