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  Definition of Shift
  1. the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election"
  2. the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class"
  3. a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
  4. a woman''s sleeveless undergarment
  5. a qualitative change
  6. an event in which something is displaced without rotation
  7. a group of workers who work for a specific period of time
  8. (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"
  9. the time period during which you are at work
  10. make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched"
  11. move and exchange for another; "shift the date for our class reunion"
  12. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
  13. change gears; "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"
  14. move from one setting or context to another; "shift the emphasis"; "shift one''s attention"
  15. change in quality; "His tone shifted"
  16. change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"
  17. use a shift key on a keyboard; "She could not shift so all ther letters are written in lower case"
  18. move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
  19. change place or direction; "Shift one''s position"
  20. move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control"
  21. move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat"
  22. move around; "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"
Similar Words: switch, switching, shifting, chemise, sack, shimmy, slip, teddies, teddy, transformation, transmutation, displacement, fault, geological fault, fracture, break, work shift, duty period, change over, change, lurch, pitch, dislodge, reposition, careen, wobble, tilt, stir, budge, agitate, transfer


Hyponyms: switcheroo, improvement, betterment, advance, population shift, pyrolysis, sea change, sublimation, tin pest, tin disease, tin plague, conversion, transition, changeover, degeneration, retrogression, strengthening, weakening, amplitude, luxation, day shift, day watch, evening shift, night shift, graveyard shift, Denali Fault, inclined fault, San Andreas Fault, strike-slip fault, go, spell, tour, turn, trick, watch, swing shift, split shift, back, veer, break, surf, channel-surf, leap, jump, diphthongize, diphthongise, cut, transfer, transpose, transplant, beat down, shunt, carry, shuffle, transship, bunker, carry over, carry forward, remove, translocate


Grouped Verbs: change, exchange, commute, convert


Part Meronyms: workday, working day


Derivational Morphology: trade, swap, swop, switch, change over, interchange, tack, alternate, flip, flip-flop, change, switch over, exchange, stir, budge, agitate, dislodge, reposition, lurch, pitch, careen, wobble, tilt, transfer, break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart, fracture, displacement, switching, gearshift, gearstick, shifter, gear lever, transformation, transmutation, shifting, pitching, lunge, rock, sway, wobbler, transferer, transferrer


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