sift

[ sift ]
/ sɪft /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to sift something.
to pass or fall through or as if through a sieve.

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Origin of sift

before 900; Middle English siften, Old English siftan; cognate with Dutch, Middle Low German siften; akin to sieve

OTHER WORDS FROM sift

out·sift, verb (used with object)pre·sift, verb (used with object)re·sift, verb (used with object)un·sift·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sifting

sift
/ (sɪft) /

verb

(tr) to sieve (sand, flour, etc) in order to remove the coarser particles
to scatter (something) over a surface through a sieve
(tr) to separate with or as if with a sieve; distinguish between
(tr) to examine minutelyto sift evidence
(intr) to move as if through a sieve

Derived forms of sift

sifter, noun

Word Origin for sift

Old English siftan; related to Middle Low German siften to sift, Dutch ziften; see sieve
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