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Meanings for shift

to move from one place to another over a small distance

shift, displacement(noun)

an event in which something is displaced without rotation

transformation, transmutation, shift(noun)

a qualitative change

shift, work shift, duty period(noun)

the time period during which you are at work

switch, switching, shift(noun)

the act of changing one thing or position for another

"his switch on abortion cost him the election"

shift, shifting(noun)

the act of moving from one place to another

"his constant shifting disrupted the class"

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"


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

shift key, shift(noun)

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

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

a woman's sleeveless undergarment

chemise, sack, shift(verb)

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

switch, change over, shift(verb)

make a shift in or exchange of

"First Joe led; then we switched"

shift, dislodge, reposition(verb)

change place or direction

"Shift one's position"

transfer, shift(verb)

move around

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

stir, shift, budge, agitate(verb)

move very slightly

"He shifted in his seat"


move from one setting or context to another

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


change in quality

"His tone shifted"


move and exchange for another

"shift the date for our class reunion"

careen, wobble, shift, tilt(verb)

move sideways or in an unsteady way

"The ship careened out of control"

lurch, pitch, shift(verb)

move abruptly

"The ship suddenly lurched to the left"


use a shift key on a keyboard

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


change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change

"Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"


change gears

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

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"

an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result

desperate shifts to stave off financial disaster

the act or an instance of changing position

made a small shift to the left to make more room on the bench

to change the place or position of

he shifted the vase closer to the wall so that it wouldn't get knocked over

to change one's position

she shifted uncomfortably in her seat throughout the interview

to pass from one form, state, or level to another

she watched the aurora in fascination as its colors shifted from green to blue

to give up (something) and take something else in return

my brother and I shifted seats just before takeoff so that he could sit by the window

to meet one's day-to-day needs

left the others to shift for themselves

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Example Sentences of shift

I thought your shift ended a couple of hours ago.

When I speak to a Westerner, I have to shift mental gears, so to speak.

In order to keep our feet warm we had to shift from one foot to another and keep moving.

Tom is on the day shift this month.

Tom is on the night shift this week.

When you get on the highway, shift into fifth gear.

We used a barrel for a makeshift table.

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Synonyms for shift

work shift transmutation fault supplanting displacement slip deracination duty period shifting chemise geological fault faulting switch break displacement reaction teddy switching transformation shimmy sack translation shift key fracture transubstantiation electrical switch transposition substitution replacement permutation electric switch prison breaking suspension gap jailbreak respite happy chance crack interruption severance rift prisonbreak recess breakout defect falling out intermission good luck breaking open frame gaolbreak mistake disruption breach breakage flaw demerit pause time out rupture break of serve cracking error cutting berth trip faux pas pillowcase miscue gaffe slickness slipperiness slip of paper pillow slip mooring slick gaucherie parapraxis elusion sideslip eluding moorage skid case teddy bear strip solecism slip up pocket paper bag firing liberation release carrier bag poke sacking sacque hammock dismissal sac pouch discharge dismission sackful exchange change throw interchange budge dislodge careen agitate wobble lurch tack alternate reposition stir tilt switch over flip flop pitch flip trade convert transfer change over swap swop bump free reassign channel transplant transport remove transpose channelize transmit channelise fight touch shake up charge excite arouse put forward raise up shake commove vex call down conjure stimulate rouse bring up campaign conjure up invoke raise turn on call forth evoke charge up push foment crusade press stir up disturb coggle keel tip lean swag cant over stagger cant angle reel slant gear huckster set up deliver peddle hawk prowl sky toss incline monger slope skunk vend alter commute vary modify deepen diversify metamorphose qualify substitute transfigure transform transmute turn veer shelve displace contrivance expedient pretext motive evasion device artifice resource transference move change place change about chop contrive manage plan scheme devise ways and means resort means fraud trick doubling stratagem subterfuge dodge mask ruse wile craft artful contrivance smock selection select transition reorientation selecting passage quarter changeover changing changes selector uppercase evolution shiftwork movement reversal measure step motion stirring dislocate relocate locomote fluctuate mutate snap cope do fare get along get by get on make out

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Antonyms for shift

motionlessness freeze still plateau stabilize

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Shift in different languages

  • směna posun posuv Czech
  • verschiebung verstellung gangschaltung verlagern shift hochstelltaste schicht verlagerung schaltung umschalten umschalttaste shifttaste verschieben verstellen German
  • βάρδια Greek
  • cambio desplazamiento tecla mayúsculas desviación deslizamiento turno tecla shift moverse mover cambiar Spanish
  • شیفت جابه‌جا شدن انداختن جابه‌جا کردن Persian
  • vuoro siirtyminen vaihteisto siirtyä vaihtaa siirto muutos vaihto shift työvuoro muuttaa siirtää Finnish
  • décalage touche majuscule roulement French
  • खिसक जाना Hindi
  • váltás váltó műszak vált Hungarian
  • spostarsi muoversi cambio scambiare barattare permutare Italian
  • シフト, シフトキーJapanese
  • subcinctus Latin
  • смена Macedonian
  • ploegendienst ploegenstelsel Dutch
  • przesunięcie zmiana Polish
  • turno troca câmbio marcha trocar desvio shift mudar mover Portuguese
  • mit'aQuechua
  • переключи́ть сдвиг измене́ние кла́виша шифт перемеще́ние переключе́ние передача шифт сме́на передвиже́ние смеще́ние переключе́ние поменя́ть изменя́ть перемести́ть дви́гаться перемеща́ться меня́ть измени́ть перемеща́ть перемести́ться дви́гать дви́нуться дви́нуть переключа́ть Russian
  • smena Slovak
  • växla arbetspass pass skift växel flytta arbetsskift skifte byte skifttangent byta skifta ändra Swedish
  • doria Swahili
  • మార్పు, బదిలీ, మారు, మార్చుTegulu
  • kaydırma üst karakter tuşu vardiya değiştirme vites shift tuşu Turkish

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