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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)

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.

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."