Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun shift

10 senses of shift

Sense 1
shift, displacement -- (an event in which something is displaced without rotation)
       => translation -- (a uniform movement without rotation)

Sense 2
transformation, transmutation, shift -- (a qualitative change)
       => change, alteration, modification -- (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago")

Sense 3
shift, work shift, duty period -- (the time period during which you are at work)
       => hours -- (a period of time assigned for work; "they work long hours")

Sense 4
switch, switching, shift -- (the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election")
       => change -- (the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election")

Sense 5
shift, shifting -- (the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class")
       => motion, movement, move -- (the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path")

Sense 6
fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break -- ((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")
       => crack, cleft, crevice, fissure, scissure -- (a long narrow opening)

Sense 7
shift -- (a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time)
       => gang, crew, work party -- (an organized group of workmen)

Sense 8
shift key, shift -- (the key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters)
       => key -- (a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed)

Sense 9
chemise, shimmy, shift, slip, teddy -- (a woman's sleeveless undergarment)
       => undergarment, unmentionable -- (a garment worn under other garments)

Sense 10
chemise, sack, shift -- (a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist)
       => dress, frock -- (a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb shift

13 senses of shift

Sense 1
switch, change over, shift -- (make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 2
shift, dislodge, reposition -- (change place or direction; "Shift one's position")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 3
transfer, shift -- (move around; "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 4
stir, shift, budge, agitate -- (move very slightly; "He shifted in his seat")
       => move -- (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right")

Sense 5
shift -- (move from one setting or context to another; "shift the emphasis"; "shift one's attention")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 6
shift -- (change in quality; "His tone shifted")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 7
shift -- (move and exchange for another; "shift the date for our class reunion")
       => substitute, replace, interchange, exchange -- (put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items; "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning")

Sense 8
careen, wobble, shift, tilt -- (move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control")
       => move -- (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right")

Sense 9
lurch, pitch, shift -- (move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left")
       => move -- (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right")

Sense 10
shift -- (use a shift key on a keyboard; "She could not shift so all her letters are written in lower case")
       => type, typewrite -- (write by means of a keyboard with types; "type the acceptance letter, please")

Sense 11
shift -- (change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change; "Grimm showed how the consonants shifted")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 12
shift -- (change gears; "you have to shift when you go down a steep hill")
       => switch, shift, change -- (lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes")

Sense 13
switch, shift, change -- (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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