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1. shift

verb. ['ˈʃɪft'] change place or direction.

Synonyms

  • dislodge
  • beat down
  • reposition
  • move

Antonyms

  • inflate
  • depersonalise
  • demagnetise
  • simplify

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Words that Rhyme with Shift

  • credithrift
  • fork-lift
  • adrift
  • thrift
  • swift
  • stiffed
  • sniffed
  • shrift
  • drift
  • clift
  • tift
  • tifft
  • sift
  • rift
  • riffed
  • miffed
  • lift
  • gift

Example sentences of the word shift


1. Noun, singular or mass
Get in your car and shift into drive mode.

2. Verb, base form
Slowly shift your weight to your right foot until your left foot is completely off the ground.

Quotes containing the word shift


1. We looked at each other for a minute, not saying anything, but I could feel the air between us shift. It became thick, sultry, and tangible—like when the air changes right before a storm. I could feel its power envelop me as it brushed across my skin. Even though I couldn’t see it, I knew a storm was coming.
- Colleen Houck, Tiger's Curse

2. All religions lead to the same God, and all deserve the same respect. Anyone who chooses a religion is also choosing a collective way for worshipping and sharing the mysteries. Nevertheless, that person is the only one responsible for his or her actions along the way and has no right to shift responsibility for any personal decisions on to that religion.
- Paulo Coelho, Like the Flowing River

3. I'm an insomniac, my mind works the night shift.
- Pete Wentz, Gray

2. shift

verb. ['ˈʃɪft'] make a shift in or exchange of; then we switched".

Synonyms

  • alter
  • modify
  • change
  • change over
  • back
  • switch

Antonyms

  • back
  • dry
  • cool
  • demythologize

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. shift

noun. ['ˈʃɪft'] a qualitative change.

Synonyms

  • tin plague
  • transformation
  • modification
  • strengthening
  • improvement
  • alteration
  • sea change
  • sublimation
  • betterment
  • weakening
  • tin pest
  • change
  • changeover
  • transition
  • transmutation
  • retrogression
  • conversion
  • population shift
  • degeneration
  • tin disease
  • advance

Antonyms

  • weakening
  • destabilise
  • sensitize
  • demilitarise

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. shift

noun. ['ˈʃɪft'] an event in which something is displaced without rotation.

Synonyms

  • displacement
  • amplitude
  • luxation

Antonyms

  • decontaminate
  • clean
  • unstring
  • stabilize

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. shift

verb. ['ˈʃɪft'] move around.

Synonyms

  • shuffle
  • carry over
  • transship
  • transfer
  • remove
  • transpose
  • shunt
  • carry forward
  • displace
  • move
  • carry
  • translocate

Antonyms

  • demagnetize
  • weaken
  • dirty
  • disable

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. shift

noun. ['ˈʃɪft'] the time period during which you are at work.

Synonyms

  • graveyard shift
  • working day
  • work shift
  • duty period
  • evening shift
  • night shift
  • trick
  • split shift
  • watch
  • swing shift
  • go
  • spell
  • tour
  • day shift
  • turn
  • workday

Antonyms

  • brighten
  • occidentalize
  • inactivate
  • de-iodinate

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. shift

verb. ['ˈʃɪft'] move from one setting or context to another.

Synonyms

  • transfer
  • alter
  • modify
  • change
  • transpose

Antonyms

  • complicate
  • hydrogenate
  • unscramble
  • strengthen

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

8. shift

noun. ['ˈʃɪft'] the act of changing one thing or position for another.

Synonyms

  • change
  • switch
  • switcheroo

Antonyms

  • decrease
  • increase
  • acceleration
  • deceleration

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

9. shift

verb. ['ˈʃɪft'] move very slightly.

Synonyms

  • stir
  • budge
  • move

Antonyms

  • decentralize
  • quieten
  • worsen
  • deoxidise

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

10. shift

noun. ['ˈʃɪft'] the act of moving from one place to another.

Synonyms

  • movement
  • motion
  • move

Antonyms

  • tightening
  • loosening
  • dilution
  • decline

Etymology

  • sciftan (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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