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English definition of “downshift”

downshift

verb [I] uk   /ˈdaʊn.ʃɪft/ us  

downshift verb [I] (WAY OF LIVING)

to leave a job that is well paid and difficult in order to do something that gives you more time and satisfaction but less money

downshift verb [I] (VEHICLE)

US to change to a lower gear when driving, to reduce power and speed
downshifter
noun [C] uk   /-ʃɪf.tər/ us    /-ʃɪf.tɚ/
downshifting
noun [U] uk   /-ʃɪf.tɪŋ/ us  
More people are finding that downshifting is delivering a less stressful life.
(Definition of downshift from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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