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shift meaning and definition

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SHIFT noun

Definition of shift (noun)

  1. an event in which something is displaced without rotation
  2. a qualitative change
  3. the time period during which you are at work
  4. the act of changing one thing or position for another
  5. the act of moving from one place to another
    • "his constant shifting disrupted the class"
    • synonyms: shifting
  6. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  7. a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
  8. the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
  9. a woman's sleeveless undergarment
  10. a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

SHIFT verb

Definition of shift (verb)

  1. make a shift in or exchange of
  2. change place or direction
  3. move around
    • "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"
    • synonyms: transfer
  4. move very slightly
  5. move from one setting or context to another
    • "shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention"
  6. change in quality
    • "His tone shifted"
  7. move and exchange for another
    • "shift the date for our class reunion"
  8. move sideways or in an unsteady way
  9. move abruptly
    • "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
    • synonyms: lurch, pitch
  10. use a shift key on a keyboard
    • "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"
  11. change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
    • "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
  12. change gears
    • "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
  13. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    • "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
    • synonyms: change, switch
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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