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shift

verb
 
 
/ʃɪft/
CHANGE [I, T] to change something: We are trying to shift the emphasis from curing illness to preventing it.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
MOVE STH [T] to move something to another place: We need to shift all these boxes into the other room.Transferring and transporting objectsRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
MOVE YOURSELF [I, T] to move into a different position: He shifted uncomfortably in his seat.General words for movement
CHANGE SPEED [T] ( also shift into) US to change the position of the gears (= parts that control how fast the wheels turn) in a vehicle: to shift gears She shifted into neutral and turned off the engine.Driving and operating road vehicles
(Definition of shift verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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