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shift

noun
 
 
/ʃɪft/
[C] HR, WORKPLACE an agreed period of time during the day or night when particular employees work, in a factory, hospital, etc.: He worked an 8 hour shift at the hospital.begin/end your shift They begin their shift at 4pm.
[C] HR, WORKPLACE the group of workers who work at a particular time: the day/night/late shift We work until 8am, when the day shift takes over.
[C, usually singular] a movement or change in something: a shift in sth There's been a major shift in strategy.a shift away from/towards sth The shift towards specialisation favours smaller firms.
[U] IT on a computer keyboard, a key that changes the letter, number, or symbol that would normally appear when you press another key at the same time: Press shift to capitalize letters. →  See also back shift , graveyard shift , night shift , paradigm shift , swing shift
(Definition of shift noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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