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Definition of downshift verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    downshift

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnʃɪft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnʃɪft//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they downshift
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnʃɪft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnʃɪft//
     
    he / she / it downshifts
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnʃɪfts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnʃɪfts//
     
    past simple downshifted
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnʃɪftɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnʃɪftɪd//
     
    past participle downshifted
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnʃɪftɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnʃɪftɪd//
     
    -ing form downshifting
    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnʃɪftɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnʃɪftɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (North American English) to change to a lower gear in a vehicle
  2. 2[intransitive] to change to a job or style of life where you may earn less but which puts less pressure on you and involves less stress CollocationsTown and countryTown live in a city/​a town/​an urban environment/(informal) a concrete jungle/​the suburbs/​shanty towns/​slums live (especially North American English) downtown/​in the downtown area/(British English) in the city centre enjoy/​like the hectic pace of life/​the hustle and bustle of city life cope with the stress/​pressure of urban life get caught up in the rat race prefer/​seek the anonymity of life in a big city be drawn by/​resist the lure of the big city head for the bright lights (of the big city/​New York) enjoy/​love the vibrant/​lively nightlife have/​be close to all the amenities be surrounded by towering skyscrapers/​a soulless urban sprawl use/​travel by/​rely on (British English) public transport/(North American English) public transportation put up with/​get stuck in/​sit in massive/​huge/​heavy/​endless/​constant traffic jams tackle/​ease/​reduce/​relieve/​alleviate the heavy/​severe traffic congestion be affected/​choked/​damaged by pollutionCountry live in a village/​the countryside/​an isolated area/​a rural backwater/(informal) the sticks enjoy/​like the relaxed/​slower pace of life enjoy/​love/​explore the great outdoors look for/​find/​get/​enjoy a little peace and quiet need/​want to get back/​closer to nature be surrounded by open/​unspoilt/​picturesque countryside escape/​quit/​get out of/​leave the rat race seek/​achieve a better/​healthy work-life balance downshift to a less stressful life seek/​start a new life in the country (British English, informal) up sticks/ (North American English, informal ) pull up stakes and move to/​head for… create/​build/​foster a strong sense of community depend on/​be employed in/​work in agriculture live off/​farm/​work the land tackle/​address the problem of rural unemployment

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