shift1 [ ʃıft ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to move your body or a part of your body slightly, for example because you are bored:
The children are shifting uncomfortably in their seats.
shift your weight: Martha shifted her weight from foot to foot.
a ) if things such as land or buildings shift, or something shifts them, they move slightly:
The wall is shifting a little bit every year.
b ) to move your eyes in order to look at something else:
shift your eyes/gaze: She stared at him, then shifted her gaze to the suitcase on the bed.
2. ) intransitive or transitive if an idea, attitude, or plan shifts or someone shifts it, it changes:
Public opinion had shifted sharply following the war.
shift attention/focus/emphasis: The government has shifted its attention away from the fight against crime.
Our focus is shifting back toward Asia.
a ) to make someone or something else responsible for something, especially when this is unfair:
shift blame/responsibility: They want to shift the blame for rising unemployment onto the recession.
b ) to change from one GEAR to another when you are driving a car:
She shifted smoothly into third gear.
3. ) intransitive to press the SHIFT KEY on a computer keyboard
shift gears AMERICAN
to stop thinking or talking about one subject and start thinking or talking about something else
shift 2 [ ʃıft ] noun count **
1. ) a period of work time in a factory, hospital, or other place where some people work during the day and some work at night:
a 12-hour shift
day/night/evening etc. shift: Rudy works the day shift.
a ) the people who work during a particular shift
2. ) a change in something, for example in someone's ideas or opinions:
the government's latest major policy shift
shift in: Companies were reacting too slowly to shifts in consumer demand.
shift toward: There has been a recent shift toward hiring more people with good writing skills.
3. ) a SHIFT KEY on a computer keyboard
4. ) a woman's dress that hangs down straight

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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