(noun, verb)


1. an event in which something is displaced without rotation

Similar word(s): displacement

Definition categories: event, translation

2. a qualitative change

Similar word(s): transformation, transmutation

Definition categories: event, alteration, change, modification

3. the time period during which you are at work

Definition categories: time, hours

4. the act of changing one thing or position for another

Similar word(s): switch, switching

Definition categories: act, change

5. the act of moving from one place to another

- his constant shifting disrupted the class

Similar word(s): shifting

Definition categories: act, motion, move, movement

6. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

Similar word(s): break, fault, faulting, fracture

Definition categories: object, cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure

7. a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

Definition categories: group, crew, gang

8. the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters

Definition categories: man–made, key

9. a woman's sleeveless undergarment

Similar word(s): chemise, shimmy, slip, teddy

Definition categories: man–made, undergarment, unmentionable

10. a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

Similar word(s): chemise, sack

Definition categories: man–made, dress, frock

Sentences with shift as a noun:

- Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.

- We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.

- There was a shift in the political atmosphere.

- Does it come with a stick-shift?

- If you press shift-P, the preview display will change.

- Teams often use the shift against this lefty.


1. make a shift in or exchange of

Similar word(s): switch

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

2. change place or direction

- Shift one's position

Similar word(s): dislodge, reposition

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

3. move around

Similar word(s): transfer

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

4. move very slightly

- He shifted in his seat

Similar word(s): agitate, budge, stir

Definition categories: motion, move

5. move from one setting or context to another

- shift the emphasis

- shift one's attention

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

6. change in quality

- His tone shifted

Definition categories: change

7. move and exchange for another

- shift the date for our class reunion

Definition categories: change, exchange, interchange, replace, substitute

8. move sideways or in an unsteady way

Similar word(s): careen, tilt, wobble

Definition categories: motion, move

9. move abruptly

Similar word(s): lurch, pitch

Definition categories: motion, move

10. use a shift key on a keyboard

- She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case

Definition categories: communication, type, typewrite

11. change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change

- Grimm showed how the consonants shifted

Definition categories: change

12. change gears

- you have to shift when you go down a steep hill

Definition categories: change, shift, switch

13. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another

Similar word(s): change, switch

Definition categories: change

Sentences with shift as a verb:

- We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.

- She shifted slightly in her seat.

- His political stance shifted daily.

- I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.

- Shifting 1001 to the left yields 10010; shifting it right yields 100.

- How can I shift a grass stain?

- If you shift, you might make the 2:19.