sift out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theysift out
he/she/itsifts out
present participlesifting out
past tensesifted out
past participlesifted out
  1. to remove one part of something

    We get a different impression of the economy if we sift out the figures for imports.

See also main entry: sift