Meaning of SHIFT in English



Pronunciation: ' shift

Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sciftan to divide, arrange; akin to Old Norse skipa to arrange, assign

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1 : to exchange for or replace by another : CHANGE

2 a : to change the place, position, or direction of : MOVE b : to make a change in (place)

3 : to change phonetically

intransitive verb

1 a : to change place or position b : to change direction <the wind shift ed > c : to change gears d : to depress the shift key (as on a typewriter)

2 a : to assume responsibility <had to shift for themselves> b : to resort to expedients

3 a : to go through a change <she shift ed in her approach> b : to change one's clothes c : to become changed phonetically

– shift · able \ ' shif-t ə -b ə l \ adjective

– shift gears : to make a change

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.