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Definition of shift noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] shift (in something) a change in position or direction a dramatic shift in public opinion a shift of emphasis see also paradigm shift
  2. period of work
  3. 2[countable] a period of time worked by a group of workers who start work as another group finishes to be on the day/night shift at the factory to work an eight-hour shift working in shifts shift workers/work collocations at Topic CollocationsJobsgetting a job look for work look for/apply for/go for a job get/pick up/complete/fill out an application (form) send/e-mail your résumé/CV/application/application form/cover letter be called for/have/attend an interview offer somebody a job/work/employment/a promotion find/get/land a job employ/hire/recruit staff/workers/trainees recruit/appoint a managerdoing a job arrive at/get to/leave work/the office/the factory start/finish work/your shift do/put in/work overtime have/gain/get/lack/need experience/qualifications do/get/have/receive training learn/pick up/improve/develop (your) skills cope with/manage/share/spread/delegate the workload improve your/achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/job securitybuilding a career have a job/work/a career/a vocation find/follow/pursue your vocation enter/go into/join a profession choose/embark on/start/begin/pursue a career change jobs/professions/careers be/go/work freelance do/take on temp work/freelance work do/be engaged in/be involved in volunteer workleaving your job leave/quit/resign from your job give up work/your job/your career hand in your notice/resignation plan to/be due to retire in June/next year, etc. take early retirementgraveyard shift, night shift, swing shift
  4. 3[countable] the workers who work a particular shift
  5. on computer
  6. 4[uncountable] the system on a computer keyboard or typewriter that allows capital letters or a different set of characters to be typed a shift key
  7. clothing
  8. 5[countable] a woman's simple, straight dress
  9. 6[countable] a simple, straight piece of clothing worn by women in the past as underwear
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shift