Definition of sieve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sieve

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//sɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sieve
BrE BrE//sɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪv//
 
he / she / it sieves
BrE BrE//sɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪvz//
 
past simple sieved
BrE BrE//sɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪvd//
 
past participle sieved
BrE BrE//sɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sɪvd//
 
-ing form sieving
BrE BrE//ˈsɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvɪŋ//
 
 
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sieve something to put something through a sieve Liquidize or sieve half the soup and return it to the pot. The compost is heavy and has been sieved to eliminate stones and twigs. Word Origin Old English sife (noun), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeef and German Sieb.
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