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Definition of sift:

  1. To examine critically or minutely; to scrutinize.
  2. To separate or part as if with a sieve.
  3. 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.

Synonyms:

screen out, bolt, try, stress, deform, investigate, tense, separate out, filtrate, filter out, include, purify, scrutinize, strain, extend, puree, strive, reach, clean, sieve, size, filter, distort, tense up.

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