verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a straight, loose-fitting dress worn with or without a belt.
- a woman's chemise or slip.
- a change or system of parallel changes that affects the sound structure of a language, as the series of related changes in the English vowel system from Middle English to Modern English.
- a change in the meaning or use of a word.Compare functional shift.
- any of successive crops.
- the tract of land used.
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Example sentences from the Web for shift
An emotionally wrenching marathon of hospital shifts followed.
These shifts stand to benefit Democrats more than they benefit Republicans.More And More Americans Aren’t Religious. Why Are Democrats Ignoring These Voters?|Daniel Cox|September 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Volkswagen AG is making its green-bond debut, about two weeks after Daimler AG, as automakers tap socially responsible investors to help pay for the hugely expensive shift to electric vehicles.Volkswagen is the latest carmaker to tap the red-hot green-bond market to fund its EV ambitions|Bernhard Warner|September 16, 2020|Fortune
The five-month quarantine has caused a digital shift across our way of life, leaving people to engage with the Internet, social media and technology even more—and shop.
Climate models generally show shifts in these broad patterns, though it’s not exactly clear how much the changes might translate to hurricanes themselves.Slow, meandering hurricanes are often more dangerous—and they’re getting more common|Greta Moran|September 9, 2020|Popular Science
Most other social justice movements are seeking some shift of power and money.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Asians also showed a shift toward the GOP in the mid-terms.
He didn't want to be there exposed, unable to shift the focus when he felt like it.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is no doubt that some unfortunate reporter, tasked with working the weekend shift, would have looked into them.
The shift in language and content is click-bait for the enterprising eBay-er.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could not, of course, leave his master to shift for himself on the highways in such a condition.The Story of Don Quixote|Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
For he found out such a shift, that in hys flatterying he passed us all the many.The Town|Leigh Hunt
"It's very true; they're nice," Nana would say as she lingered on the floor to change her shift.
It was ahead and reverse, ahead and reverse, with only the briefest of pauses in which to shift the gears.Dutch Courage and Other Stories|Jack London
He could shift to either Foot and he kept his Maxillary covered.Ade's Fables|George Ade