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shift

verb (MOVE/CHANGE)    /ʃɪft/
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.Placing and positioning an object 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 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.Driving and operating road vehicles shift house Indian English to leave your home in order to live in a new one; move house
(Definition of shift verb (MOVE/CHANGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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