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shift

[ shift ]
/ ʃɪft /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun
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Idioms about shift

    shift gears. gear (def. 19).

Origin of shift

before 1000; (v.) Middle English shiften to arrange, Old English sciftan; cognate with German schichten to arrange in order, Old Norse skipta to divide; (noun) Middle English: contrivance, start, derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM shift

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shift

shift , shrift
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British Dictionary definitions for shift

shift
/ (ʃɪft) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of shift

shifter, noun

Word Origin for shift

Old English sciftan; related to Old Norse skipta to divide, Middle Low German schiften, to separate
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Medical definitions for shift

shift
[ shĭft ]

v.
To move or transfer from one place or position to another.
To alter position or place.
To exchange one thing for another of the same type or class.
n.
A change from one person or configuration to another; a substitution.
A change in position.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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