1. Move as if through a sieve (synset 202103105)
    "The soldiers sifted through the woods"
  2. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements (synset 201462658)
    "sift the flour"
  3. Check and sort carefully (synset 201463223)
    "sift the information"
  4. Distinguish and separate out (synset 200677687)
    "sift through the job candidates"

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