Meaning of SIEVE in English

I. sieve 1 /sɪv/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: sife ]

1 .

a) a round wire kitchen tool with a lot of small holes, used for separating solid food from liquid or small pieces of food from large pieces

b) a round wire tool for separating small objects from large objects

2 . have a memory like a sieve informal to forget things easily

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■ preparing food

▪ grate to cut cheese, carrot etc into small pieces by rubbing it against a special tool:

Grate the cheese and sprinkle it over the top of the pasta.

▪ melt to make butter, chocolate etc become liquid:

Melt the butter, chocolate, and 1 teaspoon of cream over a low heat.

▪ sieve British English , sift American English to put flour or other powders through a ↑ sieve (=tool like a net made of wire, which you use for removing larger grains or pieces) :

Sift the flour and cocoa before adding to the rest of the mixture.

▪ chop to cut something into pieces, especially using a big knife:

Chop up the vegetables.

▪ dice to cut vegetables or meat into small square pieces:

Dice the carrots and then fry them in butter.

▪ season to add salt, pepper etc to food:

Season the meat before grilling.

▪ crush to use a lot of force to break something such as seeds into very small pieces or into a powder:

Add one clove of crushed garlic.

▪ mix to combine different foods together:

Mix together all the ingredients in one bowl.

▪ beat/whisk to mix food together quickly with a fork or other tool:

Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

▪ stir to turn food around with a spoon:

Stir the sauce gently to prevent burning.

▪ fold something in to gently mix another substance into a mixture:

Fold in the beaten egg whites.

▪ knead to press ↑ dough (=a mixture of flour and water) many times with your hands when you are making bread:

Knead the dough for ten minutes, until smooth.

▪ drizzle to slowly pour a small amount of a liquid onto something:

Drizzle with olive oil.

▪ let something stand to leave something somewhere, before you do something else with it:

Let the mixture stand for a couple of hours so that it cools naturally.

▪ serve to put different foods together as part of a meal:

Serve with rice and a salad.


Serve the aubergines on a bed of lettuce.

II. sieve 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

to put flour or other food through a sieve:

Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl.

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