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Meaning & Definition of Sieve in English

English

Sieve

/sɪv/

noun

1. A strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles

    synonym:
  • sieve
  • ,
  • screen

verb

1. Examine in order to test suitability

  • "Screen these samples"
  • "Screen the job applicants"
    synonym:
  • screen
  • ,
  • screen out
  • ,
  • sieve
  • ,
  • sort

2. Check and sort carefully

  • "Sift the information"
    synonym:
  • sieve
  • ,
  • sift

3. Separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

  • "Sift the flour"
    synonym:
  • sift
  • ,
  • sieve
  • ,
  • strain

4. Distinguish and separate out

  • "Sift through the job candidates"
    synonym:
  • sieve
  • ,
  • sift

Examples of using

Our memory is like a sieve, as we forget almost half of what we have learned within the first twenty minutes.