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"downshift" in British English

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downshiftverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈdaʊn.ʃɪft/

downshift verb [I] (WORK SLOWER)

to ​becomeslower; to ​work at a ​slowerspeed: After several ​years of ​stronggrowth, the ​laptopmarket is downshifting to a ​slower, but ​hopefullysteady, ​pattern of ​growth.

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 ​reducepower and ​speed
downshifter
noun [C] uk   /-ʃɪf.tər/  us   /-ʃɪf.tɚ/
downshifting
noun [U] uk   us   /-ʃɪf.tɪŋ/
More ​people are ​finding that downshifting is ​delivering a less ​stressfullife.
(Definition of downshift from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"downshift" in Business English

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downshiftverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈdaʊnʃɪft/
to ​slow down or become less ​active: Corporate ​earningsexpansion is expected to downshift in the coming months.
mainly UK HR, WORKPLACE to ​leave a well-paid but difficult ​job in ​order to do something that gives you more ​time and ​satisfaction but less ​money: The Government is also ​keen to encourage ​people over the age of 50 to downshift, ​workingshorterhours and ​supplementing their ​earnings by ​drawingpartialpensions.
downshift
noun [S]
The downshift is reflected in the Labor Department's ​nationaldata.
downshifter
noun [C]
She ​fits the mould of a downshifter who has chosen to simplify her ​life by ​changing her ​job.
(Definition of downshift from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “downshift”
in Chinese (Simplified) 生活方式, 舍弃高薪职位换工作…
in Chinese (Traditional) 生活方式, 捨棄高薪職位換工作…
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