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Meaning & Definition of Shift in English

English

Shift

/ʃɪft/

noun

1. An event in which something is displaced without rotation

    synonym:
  • shift
  • ,
  • displacement

2. A qualitative change

    synonym:
  • transformation
  • ,
  • transmutation
  • ,
  • shift

3. The time period during which you are at work

    synonym:
  • shift
  • ,
  • work shift
  • ,
  • duty period

4. The act of changing one thing or position for another

  • "His switch on abortion cost him the election"
    synonym:
  • switch
  • ,
  • switching
  • ,
  • shift

5. The act of moving from one place to another

  • "His constant shifting disrupted the class"
    synonym:
  • shift
  • ,
  • shifting

6. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

  • "They built it right over a geological fault"
  • "He studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
    synonym:
  • fault
  • ,
  • faulting
  • ,
  • geological fault
  • ,
  • shift
  • ,
  • fracture
  • ,
  • break

7. A crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

    synonym:
  • shift

8. The key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters

    synonym:
  • shift key
  • ,
  • shift

9. A woman's sleeveless undergarment

    synonym:
  • chemise
  • ,
  • shimmy
  • ,
  • shift
  • ,
  • slip
  • ,
  • teddy

10. A loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

    synonym:
  • chemise
  • ,
  • sack
  • ,
  • shift

verb

1. Make a shift in or exchange of

  • "First joe led
  • Then we switched"
    synonym:
  • switch
  • ,
  • change over
  • ,
  • shift

2. Change place or direction

  • "Shift one's position"
    synonym:
  • shift
  • ,
  • dislodge
  • ,
  • reposition

3. Move around

  • "Transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"
    synonym:
  • transfer
  • ,
  • shift

4. Move very slightly

  • "He shifted in his seat"
    synonym:
  • stir
  • ,
  • shift
  • ,
  • budge
  • ,
  • agitate

5. Move from one setting or context to another

  • "Shift the emphasis"
  • "Shift one's attention"
    synonym:
  • shift

6. Change in quality

  • "His tone shifted"
    synonym:
  • shift

7. Move and exchange for another

  • "Shift the date for our class reunion"
    synonym:
  • shift

8. Move sideways or in an unsteady way

  • "The ship careened out of control"
    synonym:
  • careen
  • ,
  • wobble
  • ,
  • shift
  • ,
  • tilt

9. Move abruptly

  • "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
    synonym:
  • lurch
  • ,
  • pitch
  • ,
  • shift

10. Use a shift key on a keyboard

  • "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"
    synonym:
  • shift

11. Change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change

  • "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
    synonym:
  • shift

12. Change gears

  • "You have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
    synonym:
  • shift

13. Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

  • "Switch to a different brand of beer"
  • "She switched psychiatrists"
  • "The car changed lanes"
    synonym:
  • switch
  • ,
  • shift
  • ,
  • change

Examples of using

Children are our shift, our future, the continuation of the people's life.
He worked both the lunch and dinner shift.
Starting next week, I'll be on the late shift.