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shift

verb uk   us   /ʃɪft/

shift verb (MOVE/CHANGE)

C1 [I or T] to (cause something or someone to) move or change from one position or direction to another, especially slightly: She shifted (her weight) uneasily from one foot to the other. The wind is expected to shift (to the east) tomorrow.C1 [I] (of an idea, opinion, etc.) to change: Society's attitudes towards women have shifted enormously over the last century. Media attention has shifted recently onto environmental issues. [T] mainly US (UK usually change) to move the gears of a vehicle into different positions in order to make it go faster or slower: In cars that are automatics, you don't have to bother with shifting gears.shift house Indian English to leave your home in order to live in a new one; move house
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shift verb (GET RID OF)

[T] UK informal to get rid of something unwanted, or to sell something: Modern detergents will shift most stains. The people at the toy shop expect to shift a lot of stock in the run-up to Christmas.
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shift

noun uk   us   /ʃɪft/

shift noun (GROUP)

B2 [C, + sing/pl verb] a group of workers who do a job for a period of time during the day or night, or the period of time itself: As the night shift leave/leaves, the day shift arrive/arrives. Are you on the night shift or the day shift? (= Do you work during the night period or the day period?)
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shift noun (CHANGE)

C1 [C] a change in position or direction: a shift in the wind/temperature The shift in the balance of power in the region has had far-reaching consequences. There has been a dramatic shift in public opinion towards peaceful negotiations.
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shift noun (DRESS)

[C] a simple dress that hangs straight from the shoulders
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