Select vs Sift - What's the difference?
As an adjective select
As a verb sift is
to sieve or strain (something).
Privileged, specially selected.
*:A few select spirits had separated from the crowd, and formed a fit audience round a far greater teacher.
*:At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
Of high quality; top-notch.
To choose one or more elements of a set, especially a set of options.
- He looked over the menu, and selected the roast beef.
- The program computes all the students' grades, then selects a random sample for human verification.
* (to choose) choose, opt
To sieve or strain (something).
To separate or scatter (things) as if by sieving.
To examine (something) carefully.
* 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 28.
- But if we still carry on our sifting humour, and ask, What is the foundation of all conclusions from experience ? this implies a new question.
- It immediately occurred to him to sift her on the subject of Isabella and Theodore.