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English definition of “shift”

shift

noun [C, + sing/pl verb] (GROUP)    /ʃɪft/
B2 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 ?)Workers in general
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