Synonyms of shift


1. shift, displacement, translation

usage: an event in which something is displaced without rotation

2. transformation, transmutation, shift, change, alteration, modification

usage: a qualitative change

3. shift, work shift, duty period, hours

usage: the time period during which you are at work

4. switch, switching, shift, change

usage: the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election"

5. shift, shifting, motion, movement, move

usage: the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class"

6. fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break, crack, cleft, crevice, fissure, scissure

usage: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

7. shift, gang, crew, work party

usage: a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time

8. shift key, shift, key

usage: the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters

9. chemise, shimmy, shift, slip, teddy, undergarment, unmentionable

usage: a woman's sleeveless undergarment

10. chemise, sack, shift, dress, frock

usage: a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist


1. switch, change over, shift, change, alter, modify

usage: make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched"

2. shift, dislodge, reposition, move, displace

usage: change place or direction; "Shift one's position"

3. transfer, shift, move, displace

usage: move around; "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"

4. stir, shift, budge, agitate, move

usage: move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat"

5. shift, change, alter, modify

usage: move from one setting or context to another; "shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention"

6. shift, change

usage: change in quality; "His tone shifted"

7. shift, substitute, replace, interchange, exchange

usage: move and exchange for another; "shift the date for our class reunion"

8. careen, wobble, shift, tilt, move

usage: move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control"

9. lurch, pitch, shift, move

usage: move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"

10. shift, type, typewrite

usage: use a shift key on a keyboard; "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case"

11. shift, change

usage: change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted"

12. shift, switch, shift, change

usage: change gears; "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill"

13. switch, shift, change

usage: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"

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Definition and meaning of shift (Dictionary)