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1    alter, budge, change, displace, fluctuate, move, move around, rearrange, relocate, remove, reposition, swerve, switch, transfer, transpose, vary, veer  
2    as in shift for oneself      assume responsibility, contrive, devise, fend, get along, look after, make do, manage, plan, scheme, take care of  
3    about-turn, alteration, change, displacement, fluctuation, modification, move, permutation, rearrangement, removal, shifting, switch, transfer, veering  
4    artifice, contrivance, craft, device, dodge, equivocation, evasion, expedient, move, resource, ruse, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, wile  
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  ( shifts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( shifting    present participle)   ( shifted    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you shift something or if it shifts, it moves slightly.  
He stopped, shifting his cane to his left hand...      V n prep/adv  
He shifted from foot to foot...      V prep/adv  
The entire pile shifted and slid, thumping onto the floor.      V  
...the squeak of his boots in the snow as he shifted his weight.      V n  
2       verb   If someone's opinion, a situation, or a policy shifts or is shifted, it changes slightly.  
Attitudes to mental illness have shifted in recent years...      V  
The emphasis should be shifted more towards Parliament.      be V-ed prep/adv  
      Shift is also a noun., n-count   usu N prep  
...a shift in government policy.     
3       verb   If someone shifts the responsibility or blame for something onto you, they unfairly make you responsible or make people blame you for it, instead of them.,   (disapproval)    It was a vain attempt to shift the responsibility for the murder to somebody else...      V n prep  
4       verb   If a shop or company shifts goods, they sell goods that are difficult to sell.  
Some suppliers were selling at a loss to shift stock.     
5       verb   If you shift gears in a car, you put the car into a different gear.  
in BRIT, use change     
6       n-count   If a group of factory workers, nurses, or other people work shifts, they work for a set period before being replaced by another group, so that there is always a group working. Each of these set periods is called a shift. You can also use shift to refer to a group of workers who work together on a particular shift.  
oft n N  
His father worked shifts in a steel mill.     
    shifting   shift down      phrasal verb   When you shift down, you move the gear lever in the vehicle you are driving in order to use a higher gear.  
in BRIT, use change down      shift up      phrasal verb   When you shift up, you move the gear lever in the vehicle you are driving in order to use a higher gear.  
in BRIT, use change up     

graveyard shift        ( graveyard shifts    plural  ) If someone works thegraveyard shift, they work during the night.  
  (mainly AM)      n-count   usu the N  
stick shift        ( stick shifts    plural  ) A stick shift is the lever that you use to change gear in a car or other vehicle.  
  (AM)      n-count   (=gearshift)  
in BRIT, usually use gear lever     

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shifty, sift, shiftless, shaft

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