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Dictionary definition for: Shift

1. (n) an event in which something is displaced without rotation

2. (v) make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched"

3. (n) a qualitative change

4. (v) change place or direction; "Shift one''s position"

5. (v) move around; "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"

6. (n) the time period during which you are at work

7. (n) the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election"

8. (v) move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat"

9. (n) the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class"

10. (v) move from one setting or context to another; "shift the emphasis" "shift one''s attention"

11. (n) (geology) a crack in the earth''s crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"

12. (v) change in quality; "His tone shifted"

13. (v) move and exchange for another; "shift the date for our class reunion"

14. (n) a group of workers who work for a specific period of time

15. (v) move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control"

16. (n) a woman''s sleeveless undergarment

17. (v) move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"

18. (n) a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

19. (v) use a shift key on a keyboard; "She could not shift so all ther letters are written in lower case"

20. (v) change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"

21. (v) change gears; "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"

22. (v) lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer" "She switched psychiatrists" "The car changed lanes"

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