Shift Definition

shĭft
shifted, shifting, shifts
verb
shifted, shifting, shifts
To move or transfer from one person, place, or position to another.
To shift the blame.
Webster's New World
To replace by another or others; change or exchange.
Webster's New World
To change from one gear arrangement to another.
Webster's New World
To alter (position or place).
American Heritage
To undergo phonetic change.
Webster's New World
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noun
shifts
The act of shifting from one person, place, position, etc. to another; change; transfer; substitution.
Webster's New World
A means or plan of conduct, esp. one followed in an emergency or difficulty; expedient; stratagem.
Webster's New World
A group of people working in relay with another or other groups.
The night shift.
Webster's New World
A means to an end; an expedient.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
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idiom
make shift
  • to manage or do the best one can (with whatever means are at hand)
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Shift

Noun

Singular:
shift
Plural:
shifts

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Shift

Origin of Shift

  • From Middle English schiften, from Old English sciftan (“to divide, separate into shares; appoint, ordain; arrange, organise"), from Proto-Germanic *skiftijanÄ…, *skiptijanÄ…, for earlier *skipatjanÄ… (“to organise, put in order"), from Proto-Indo-European *skeyb- (“to separate, divide, part"), from Proto-Indo-European *skÄ“y- (“to cut, divide, separate, part"). Cognate with Scots schift, skift (“to shift"), West Frisian skifte, skiftsje (“to sort"), Dutch schiften (“to sort, screen, winnow, part"), German schichten (“to stack, layer"), Swedish skifta (“to shift, change, exchange, vary"), Norwegian skifte (“to shift"), Icelandic skipta (“to switch").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English shiften from Old English sciftan to arrange, divide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From shift.

    From Wiktionary

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