- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to move, or move something, from one position or place to another Lydia shifted uncomfortably in her chair. I shifted uneasily under his gaze. shift (from…) (to…) The action of the novel shifts from Paris to London. shift something Could you help me shift some furniture? shift something (from…) (to…) He shifted his gaze from the child to her. She shifted her weight from one foot to the other.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] shift (yourself) (British English, informal) to move quickly synonym hurry situation/opinion/policy
- 3 [intransitive] (of a situation, an opinion, a policy etc.) to change from one state, position, etc. to another Public attitudes towards marriage have shifted over the past 50 years. shift (from…) (to/towards/toward…) The balance of power shifted away from workers towards employers. Her sympathies gradually shifted to the side of the protesters.
- 4[transitive] to change your opinion of or attitude towards something, or change the way that you do something shift something We need to shift the focus of this debate. shift something (from…) (to/towards/toward…) The new policy shifted the emphasis away from fighting inflation. responsibility
- 5[transitive] shift responsibility/blame (for something) (onto somebody) to make somebody else responsible for something you should do or something bad that you have done He tried to shift the blame for his mistakes onto his colleagues. remove mark
- 6[transitive] shift something to remove something such as a dirty mark synonym get rid of somebody/something a detergent that shifts even the most stubborn stains sell goods
- 7[transitive] shift something to sell goods, especially goods that are difficult to sell They cut prices drastically to try and shift stock. in vehicle
- 8[intransitive] (North American English) to change the gears when you are driving a vehicle to shift into second gear Word Origin Old English sciftan ‘arrange, divide, share’, of Germanic origin; related to German schichten
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BrE BrE//ʃɪft//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪft//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shift
BrE BrE//ʃɪft//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪft//he / she / it shifts
BrE BrE//ʃɪfts//; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪfts//past simple shifted
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪftɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪftɪd//past participle shifted
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪftɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪftɪd//-ing form shifting
BrE BrE//ˈʃɪftɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪftɪŋ//