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Verb: shift  shift
  1. Change place or direction
    "Shift one's position";
    - dislodge, reposition
     
  2. Make a shift in or exchange of
    "First Joe led; then we shifted";
    - switch, change over
     
  3. Move very slightly
    "He shifted in his seat";
    - stir, budge, agitate, scooch [informal]
     
  4. Move around
    "shift the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket";
    - transfer
     
  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
    "The ship shifted out of control";
    - careen, wobble, tilt
     
  9. Move abruptly
    "The ship suddenly shifted to the left";
    - lurch, pitch
     
  10. [N. Amer] Change gears
    "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
     
  11. Lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    "shift to a different brand of beer";
    - switch, change
     
  12. (phonetics) change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
    "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
     
  13. Use a shift key on a keyboard
    "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"
Noun: shift  shift
  1. The time period during which you are at work
    - work shift, duty period
     
  2. A crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
     
  3. A qualitative change
    - transformation, transmutation
     
  4. The act of changing one thing or position for another
    "his shift on abortion cost him the election";
    - switch, switching
     
  5. The act of moving from one place to another
    "his constant shift disrupted the class";
    - shifting
     
  6. The key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
    - shift key
     
  7. A woman's sleeveless undergarment
    - chemise, shimmy, slip, teddy
     
  8. A loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
    - chemise, sack
     
  9. (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 shift";
    - fault, faulting, geological fault, fracture, break

Derived forms: shifted, shifting, shifts

Type of: alter, alteration, change, cleft, crack, crevice, crew, displace, dress, exchange, fissure, frock, gang, hours, interchange, key, modification, modify, motion, move, movement, replace, scissure, sub [informal], substitute, type, typewrite, undergarment, unmentionable, work party

Part of: hands, manpower, men, typewriter keyboard, work force, workday, workforce, working day

Encyclopedia: Shift