Synonyms of 'sift'
to sieve (a powdery substance) in order to remove the coarser particlesSift the flour and baking powder into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Sieve the icing sugar into the bowl.
The best prevention for cholera is to filter water.
Strain the stock and put it back in the pan.
separate, , ,
We separated to inspect different areas of the place.
The clouds parted and a shaft of sunlight broke through.
She parted the bushes with her stick.
to examine (information or evidence) carefully to select what is importantHe has sifted the evidence and summarized it clearly.
He examined her passport and stamped it.
Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
They research the needs of both employers and staff.
It was their job to screen information for their bosses.
The more they probed into his background, the more suspicious they became.
This book teaches you to analyse causes of stress in your life.
She scrutinized his features.
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in the sense of analyse
to psychoanalyse (someone)This book teaches you to analyse causes of stress in your life.
in the sense of filter
to pass through a filter or something like a filterThe best prevention for cholera is to filter water.
in the sense of investigate
to inquire into (a situation or problem) thoroughly in order to discover the truthGas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
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