- sift [ sıft ] verb transitive1. ) to pour a dry substance through a sieve to remove the large pieces2. ) sift or sift through to examine information, documents, etc. in order to find what you are looking for:Sift every grain of information until you find the answer.a ) to look in a pile of things in order to find a particular thing:Bomb experts continue to sift the blast site.,sift `out phrasal verb transitiveto remove one part of something:We get a different impression of the economy if we sift out the figures for imports.`sift ,through phrasal verb transitivesame as SIFT 2:He spent hours sifting through all the documents relating to the case.They sifted through the rubble, searching for signs of life.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.