Synonyms of shifting


1. shift, shifting, motion, movement, move

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


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"


1. shifting, variable (vs. invariable)

usage: continuously varying; "taffeta with shifting colors"

2. shifting, shifty, unsteady (vs. steady)

usage: changing position or direction; "he drifted into the shifting crowd"; "their nervous shifting glances"; "shifty winds"

3. shifting, unfirm, loose (vs. compact)

usage: (of soil) unstable; "shifting sands"; "unfirm earth"

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