Definitions for SHIFTʃɪft

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to transfer from one place, position, person, etc., to another:

    to shift the blame.

  2. to put aside and replace by another; change or exchange:

    to shift ideas.

  3. to change (gears) from one ratio or arrangement to another in driving a motor vehicle.

    Category: Automotive

  4. to change phonetically in a systematic way.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  5. (v.i.)to move from one place, position, direction, etc., to another.

  6. to manage to get along or succeed by oneself.

  7. to use expedients, tricks, or evasion to get along or succeed.

  8. to change gears in driving a motor vehicle.

    Category: Automotive

  9. (of sounds in a language) to undergo a systematic phonetic change.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  10. to press a shift key on a typewriter or computer as to type a capital letter.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Computers

  11. Archaic. to change one's clothes.

  12. (n.)a change or transfer from one place, position, direction, person, etc., to another:

    a shift in the wind.

  13. a person's scheduled period of work, esp. at a place of employment operating continuously during the day and night.

  14. a group of workers scheduled to work during such a period.

  15. Baseball. a repositioning by fielders as a strategy against batters who usu. hit the ball to the same side of the field.

    Category: Football, Baseball, and Basketball, Sport

  16. a gearshift.

    Category: Automotive

  17. a straight, loose-fitting dress worn with or without a belt. a woman's chemise or slip.

    Category: Clothing

  18. Football. a lateral or backward movement by offensive players just before the ball is put into play.

    Category: Sport

  19. a change or a system of parallel changes that affects the sound structure of a language. a change in the meaning or use of a word.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  20. an expedient; ingenious device.

  21. an evasion, artifice, or trick.

  22. change or substitution.

  23. an act or instance of using the shift key, as on a typewriter.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of shift:

bef. 1000; (v.) ME: to arrange, OE sciftan, c. OFris skifta, OHG schihten, ON skipta to divide


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shift, displacement(noun)

    an event in which something is displaced without rotation

  2. transformation, transmutation, shift(noun)

    a qualitative change

  3. shift, work shift, duty period(noun)

    the time period during which you are at work

  4. switch, switching, shift(noun)

    the act of changing one thing or position for another

    "his switch on abortion cost him the election"

  5. shift, shifting(noun)

    the act of moving from one place to another

    "his constant shifting disrupted the class"

  6. fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break(noun)

    (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"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

  7. shift(noun)

    a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

  8. shift key, shift(noun)

    the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters

  9. chemise, shimmy, shift, slip, teddy(noun)

    a woman's sleeveless undergarment

  10. chemise, sack, shift(verb)

    a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

  11. switch, change over, shift(verb)

    make a shift in or exchange of

    "First Joe led; then we switched"

  12. shift, dislodge, reposition(verb)

    change place or direction

    "Shift one's position"

  13. transfer, shift(verb)

    move around

    "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"

  14. stir, shift, budge, agitate(verb)

    move very slightly

    "He shifted in his seat"

  15. shift(verb)

    move from one setting or context to another

    "shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention"

  16. shift(verb)

    change in quality

    "His tone shifted"

  17. shift(verb)

    move and exchange for another

    "shift the date for our class reunion"

  18. careen, wobble, shift, tilt(verb)

    move sideways or in an unsteady way

    "The ship careened out of control"

  19. lurch, pitch, shift(verb)

    move abruptly

    "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"

  20. shift(verb)

    use a shift key on a keyboard

    "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"

  21. shift(verb)

    change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change

    "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"

  22. shift(verb)

    change gears

    "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"

  23. switch, shift, change(verb)

    lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

    "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shift(verb)ʃɪft

    to change or cause to change gradually

    The energy company has shifted its focus to wind power.; The way health care is delivered is shifting.

  2. shiftʃɪft

    to cause sb else to have responsibility

    He wants to shift the burden of taxes to the wealthy.

  3. shiftʃɪft

    to move by small amounts

    He shifted to the left.; The whole house had shifted in the earthquake.

  4. shift(noun)ʃɪft

    a period during which sb works

    I'm working the 9 to 7 shift.; the day/night shift

  5. shiftʃɪft

    a slight or gradual change

    a shift in the balance of power; a shift toward the political right


  1. shift(Noun)

    a type of women's undergarment, a slip

    Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.

  2. shift(Noun)

    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. shift(Noun)

    an act of shifting; a slight movement or change

    There was a shift in the political atmosphere.

  4. shift(Noun)

    the gear mechanism in a motor vehicle

    Does it come with a stick-shift?

  5. shift(Noun)

    a bit shift

  6. shift(Noun)

    The infield shift.

    Teams often use the shift against this lefty.

  7. shift(Noun)

    The act of sexual petting.

  8. shift(Verb)

    To change, swap.

    His political stance shifted daily.

  9. shift(Verb)

    to move from one place to another; to redistribute.

    We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.

  10. shift(Verb)

    to change position.

    She shifted slightly in her seat.

  11. shift(Verb)

    To change (one's clothes); also to change (someone's) underclothes.

  12. shift(Verb)

    To change gears (in a car).

    I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.

  13. shift(Verb)

    to manipulate a binary number by moving all of its digits left or right; compare rotate

  14. shift(Verb)

    to remove the first value from an array.

  15. shift(Verb)

    to dispose of.

    How can I shift a grass stain?

  16. shift(Verb)

    to hurry.

    If you shift, you might make the 2:19.

  17. shift(Verb)

    to engage in sexual petting.

  18. Shift(Noun)

    A modifier key whose main function is shifting between two or more functions of any of certain other keys (usually by pressing Shift and the other button simultaneously).

    Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.

  19. Origin: sciftan, from skiftanan. Cognate with Dutch schiften, German schichten, Norwegian skifte.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shift(verb)

    to divide; to distribute; to apportion

  2. Shift(verb)

    to change the place of; to move or remove from one place to another; as, to shift a burden from one shoulder to another; to shift the blame

  3. Shift(verb)

    to change the position of; to alter the bearings of; to turn; as, to shift the helm or sails

  4. Shift(verb)

    to exchange for another of the same class; to remove and to put some similar thing in its place; to change; as, to shift the clothes; to shift the scenes

  5. Shift(verb)

    to change the clothing of; -- used reflexively

  6. Shift(verb)

    to put off or out of the way by some expedient

  7. Shift(verb)

    the act of shifting

  8. Shift(verb)

    the act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution

  9. Shift(verb)

    something frequently shifted; especially, a woman's under-garment; a chemise

  10. Shift(verb)

    the change of one set of workmen for another; hence, a spell, or turn, of work; also, a set of workmen who work in turn with other sets; as, a night shift

  11. Shift(verb)

    in building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints

  12. Shift(verb)

    a breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault

  13. Shift(verb)

    a change of the position of the hand on the finger board, in playing the violin


  1. Shift

    Shift is the final studio album by Swedish grindcore band Nasum. It was released on October 26, 2004, by Burning Heart Records in Sweden and on Relapse Records in North America. After this album was released, Mieszko Talarczyk died during the 2004 Tsunami. This was followed by the disbanding of Nasum.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3811

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3387

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Nouns Frequency: #1278

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SHIFT' in Verbs Frequency: #502

Translations for SHIFT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a change (of position etc)

a shift of emphasis.

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