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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shift]
    • /ʃɪft/
    • /ʃɪft/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shift]
    • /ʃɪft/

Definitions of shift word

  • verb with object shift to put (something) aside and replace it by another or others; change or exchange: to shift friends; to shift ideas. 1
  • verb with object shift to transfer from one place, position, person, etc., to another: to shift the blame onto someone else. 1
  • verb with object shift Automotive. to change (gears) from one ratio or arrangement to another. 1
  • verb with object shift Linguistics. to change in a systematic way, especially phonetically. 1
  • verb without object shift to move from one place, position, direction, etc., to another. 1
  • verb without object shift to manage to get along or succeed by oneself. 1

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Origin of shift

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; (v.) Middle English shiften to arrange, Old English sciftan; cognate with German schichten to arrange in order, Old Norse skipta to divide; (noun) Middle English: contrivance, start, derivative of the v.

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Parts of speech for Shift


shift popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shift usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shift

noun shift

  • adaptation — An adaptation of a book or play is a film or a television programme that is based on it.
  • alteration — An alteration is a change in or to something.
  • alternation — successive change from one condition or action to another and back again repeatedly
  • attirement — dress; attire.
  • band-aid — A Band-Aid is a small piece of sticky tape that you use to cover small cuts or wounds on your body.

verb shift

  • altercate — to argue, esp heatedly; dispute
  • alter — If something alters or if you alter it, it changes.
  • alternate — When you alternate two things, you keep using one then the other. When one thing alternates with another, the first regularly occurs after the other.
  • argufy — to argue or quarrel, esp over something trivial
  • bandied — to pass from one to another or back and forth; give and take; trade; exchange: to bandy blows; to bandy words.

Antonyms for shift

noun shift

  • deactivation — The act of deactivating something, such as a bomb.
  • facing — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.

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