1. [ verb ] make a shift in or exchange of
Synonyms: change_over turn_around switch

"First Joe led then we switched"

Related terms: change veer back
2. [ verb ] change place or direction
Synonyms: reposition dislodge

"Shift one's position"

Related terms: move beat_down
3. [ noun ] a qualitative change
Synonyms: transformation transmutation
Related terms: change conversion improvement population_shift weakening degeneration mutation sea_change tin_pest pyrolysis sublimation strengthening
4. [ noun ] an event in which something is displaced without rotation
Synonyms: displacement
Related terms: translation amplitude luxation switch
5. [ verb ] move around
Synonyms: transfer

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

Related terms: move remove carry_over shuffle shunt transpose translocate transship bunker carry
6. [ noun ] (work) the time period during which you are at work
Synonyms: duty_period work_shift
Related terms: hours watch go trick split_shift night_shift evening_shift day_shift workday
7. [ noun ] the act of changing one thing or position for another
Synonyms: switching switch

"his switch on abortion cost him the election"

Related terms: change switcheroo switch switch interchange
8. [ verb ] move very slightly
Synonyms: stir budge agitate

"He shifted in his seat"

Related terms: move
9. [ verb ] move from one setting or context to another

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

Related terms: change transfer switch
10. [ noun ] the act of moving from one place to another
Synonyms: shifting

"his constant shifting disrupted the class"

Related terms: motion stir transfer careen
11. [ verb ] change in quality

"His tone shifted"

Related terms: change transformation
12. [ verb ] move and exchange for another

"shift the date for our class reunion"

Related terms: substitute
13. [ noun ] (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
Synonyms: break geological_fault fracture fault_line fault

"they built it right over a geological fault"

Related terms: crack strike-slip_fault inclined_fault San_Andreas_Fault denali_fault fault_line geology
14. [ verb ] move sideways or in an unsteady way, as of a ship or a vehicle out of control
Synonyms: sway tilt wobble careen
Related terms: move totter rock wobbler
15. [ verb ] change gears

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

Related terms: switch gearshift
16. [ verb ] (writing) use a shift key on a keyboard

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

Related terms: type
17. [ verb ] lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
Synonyms: change switch

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

Related terms: leap break surf break diphthongize cut change change
18. [ noun ] (clothing) a woman's sleeveless undergarment
Synonyms: shimmy slip teddies teddy chemise
Related terms: undergarment strap
19. [ verb ] move abruptly
Synonyms: pitch lurch

"The ship suddenly lurched to the left"

Related terms: move lurch lurch
20. [ verb ] change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change

"Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"

Related terms: change phonetics
21. [ noun ] (work) a group of workers who work for a specific period of time
Related terms: work_force day_shift night_shift evening_shift
22. [ noun ] (clothing) a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
Synonyms: sack chemise
Related terms: dress
Similar spelling:   shifty