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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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shiftshift , shrift
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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
Do you think that as we get older our thoughts shift to the more abstract, the music, than the definite, the lyrics?
As Sutton shows in his book, the important shift took place gradually, from the end of the Civil War until World War II.
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
Another beautiful Eminor number, with a nice shift up to the major for the chorus.
And Asians also showed a shift toward the GOP in the mid-terms.
The question was put rather testily and caused the other to shift uncomfortably before making answer.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
The night shift had clocked in over an hour ago, and there should be no passing through the gate for at least six hours.
So that we were compelled to remain all the next day at the anchorage to shift them.
Then suddenly he would shift shotgun for rifle and come home with a bearskin in the wagon.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
The iris of the human eye dilates and contracts with every shift of illumination, and the Time Observatory had an iris too.The Man from Time|Frank Belknap Long