verb (used without object)
  1. to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
  2. to become less active; slow down: The economy seems to be downshifting.
verb (used with object)
  1. to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
  1. an act or instance of downshifting.

Origin of downshift

First recorded in 1950–55; down1 + shift Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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