Definition of "shift" []

  • To exchange (one thing) for another of the same class: shifted assignments among the students. (verb-transitive)
  • To move or transfer from one place or position to another. (verb-transitive)
  • To alter (position or place). (verb-transitive)
  • To change (gears), as in an automobile. (verb-transitive)
  • Linguistics To alter phonetically as part of a systematic historical change. (verb-transitive)
  • To move or cause to move from one place or position to another (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To change for another or others (verb)
  • To change (gear) in a motor vehicle (verb)
  • (of a sound or set of sounds) to alter in a systematic way (verb)
  • To provide for one's needs (esp in the phrase shift for oneself) (verb)
  • To proceed by indirect or evasive methods (verb)
  • To remove or be removed, esp with difficulty (verb)
  • To move quickly (verb)
  • To move (bits held in a store location) to the left or right (verb)
  • The act or an instance of shifting (noun)
  • A group of workers who work for a specific period (noun)
  • The period of time worked by such a group (noun)
  • An expedient, contrivance, or artifice (noun)
  • The displacement of rocks, esp layers or seams in mining, at a geological fault (noun)
  • An underskirt or dress with little shaping (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "shift" in a sentence
  • "The term shift work disorder, or SWD, may be new to you."
  • "That's why I think the term "shift" is more accurate."
  • "This shift is code for sending the nearly three million people who live in camps, under the protection of U.N. forces, back home to their villages, where they are to be "protected" by the very Sudanese forces that have been slaughtering them for the last seven years."