Shift - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- a qualitative change (syn: transformation, transmutation)
- the time period during which you are at work
- the act of changing one thing or position for another (syn: switch, switching)
- the act of moving from one place to another (syn: shifting)
- a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
- the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
- a woman's sleeveless undergarment (syn: chemise, shimmy, slip)
- a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist (syn: chemise, sack)
- change place or direction (syn: dislodge, reposition)
- move around (syn: transfer)
- move very slightly (syn: agitate, budge, stir)
- move from one setting or context to another
- move and exchange for another
- move sideways or in an unsteady way (syn: careen, tilt, wobble)
- move abruptly (syn: lurch, pitch)
- use a shift key on a keyboard
- change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
- change gears
- lay aside, abandon, or leave for another (syn: change, switch)
I shifted the bag to my other shoulder.
She shifted her position slightly so she could see the stage better.
They shifted him to a different department.
He nervously shifted from foot to foot.
She shifted in her seat.
Public opinion has shifted dramatically in recent months.
Their efforts to shift public opinion have failed.
I wanted to shift the discussion back to the main point.
They tried to shift the blame onto us.
Their attempts at shifting attention away from the controversy seemed to be working.
There will be a shift of responsibility when she takes the new position.
a gradual shift toward more liberal policies
The day shift worked overtime.
The restaurant needed only one shift for lunch.
He works the day shift.
present participle: shifting
past tense: shifted
past participle: shifted