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



    BrE BrE//ˈdaʊnʃɪft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaʊnʃɪft//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1(North American English) the act of changing to a lower gear in a vehicle
  2. 2the act of changing to a job or style of life where you may earn less but which puts less pressure on you and involves less stress

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