"sifts" in the verb sense
move as if through a sieve
"The soldiers sifted through the woods"
2. sift, sieve, strain
separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
"sift the flour"
3. sieve, sift
check and sort carefully
"sift the information"
4. sieve, sift
distinguish and separate out
"sift through the job candidates"
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