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Meaning of downshift

down•shift

Pronunciation: (doun'shift"), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
  2. to become less active; slow down: The economy seems to be downshifting.
—v.t.
  1. to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of downshifting.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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