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Etymology

Old English sciftan (arrange, organise), from Germanic *skiftanan. Cognate with Dutch schiften, German schichten, Norwegian skifte.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to shift

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to shift (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To change, swap
    His political stance shifted daily.
  2. (transitive) to move from one place to another; to redistribute
    We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.
  3. (intransitive) to change position
    She shifted slightly in her seat.
  4. (intransitive) To change gears (in a car).
    I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.
  5. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to remove the first value from an array.
  6. (transitive) to dispose of
    How can I shift a grass stain?
  7. (intransitive) to hurry
    If you shift, you might make the 2:19.
  8. (Ireland, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to engage in sexual petting.

Translations

Noun

Singular
shift

Plural
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shift ({{{1}}})
  1. (historical) a type of women's undergarment, a slip
    Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.
  2. a change of workers, now specifically a set group of workers or period of working time
    We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.
  3. an act of shifting; a slight movement or change
    There was a shift in the political atmosphere.
  4. (US) the gear mechanism in a motor vehicle
    Does it come with a stick-shift?
  5. a button on a keyboard, chiefly for switching between upper and lower case
    If you press shift-P, the preview display will change.
  6. (computing) a bit shift

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