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shift

verb [I/T]  /ʃɪft/ us  

shift verb [I/T] (MOVE OR CHANGE)

to change direction or move from one person, position, or place to another: [I] The wind shifted to the east. [T] She shifted her weight from one foot to the other. [T] He tried to shift the blame onto his sister. If you shift your emphasis or attitude, you change it: [T] Our attention has shifted from baseball to the election. When you shift the gears of a vehicle, you move them into different positions to change the speed of the vehicle.

shift

noun [C]  /ʃɪft/ us  

shift noun [C] (PERIOD)

the period that a person is scheduled to work, or a group of workers who work during the same period of time: I’m working the day shift this month. The night shift is finished at 7 a.m.

shift noun [C] (MOVE OR CHANGE)

a change in position or direction: There’s been a substantial shift in doctorsmethods.
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