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    shift - Dictionary definition and meaning for word shift

    Definition
    (noun) an event in which something is displaced without rotation
    Synonyms : displacement
    Definition
    (noun) a qualitative change Definition
    (noun) the time period during which you are at work
    Synonyms : duty period , work shift
    Definition
    (noun) the act of changing one thing or position for another
    Synonyms : switch , switching
    Example Sentence
    • his switch on abortion cost him the election
    Definition
    (noun) the act of moving from one place to another
    Synonyms : shifting
    Example Sentence
    • his constant shifting disrupted the class
    Definition
    (noun) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
    Example Sentence
    • they built it right over a geological fault
    • he studied the faulting of the earth's crust
    Definition
    (noun) a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time Definition
    (noun) the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
    Synonyms : shift key
    Definition
    (noun) a woman's sleeveless undergarment
    Synonyms : chemise , shimmy , slip , teddy
    Definition
    (noun) a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
    Synonyms : chemise , sack
    Definition
    (verb) make a shift in or exchange of
    Synonyms : change over , switch
    Example Sentence
    • First Joe led; then we switched
    Definition
    (verb) change place or direction
    Synonyms : dislodge , reposition
    Example Sentence
    • Shift one's position
    Definition
    (verb) move around
    Synonyms : transfer
    Example Sentence
    • transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket
    Definition
    (verb) move very slightly
    Synonyms : agitate , budge , stir
    Example Sentence
    • He shifted in his seat
    Definition
    (verb) move from one setting or context to another
    Example Sentence
    • shift the emphasis
    • shift one's attention
    Definition
    (verb) change in quality
    Example Sentence
    • His tone shifted
    Definition
    (verb) move and exchange for another
    Example Sentence
    • shift the date for our class reunion
    Definition
    (verb) move sideways or in an unsteady way
    Synonyms : careen , tilt , wobble
    Example Sentence
    • The ship careened out of control
    Definition
    (verb) move abruptly
    Synonyms : lurch , pitch
    Example Sentence
    • The ship suddenly lurched to the left
    Definition
    (verb) use a shift key on a keyboard
    Example Sentence
    • She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case
    Definition
    (verb) change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change
    Example Sentence
    • Grimm showed how the consonants shifted
    Definition
    (verb) change gears
    Example Sentence
    • you have to shift when you go down a steep hill
    Definition
    (verb) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    Synonyms : change , switch
    Example Sentence
    • switch to a different brand of beer
    • She switched psychiatrists
    • The car changed lanes
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for shift

SHIFT and DRIFT which are rhyming words have a different meaning altogether. SHIFT is to exchange places or a change in position whereas DRIFT means to move about without purpose or guidance.

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