downshift

verb down·shift \ -ˌshift \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of downshift

intransitive verb
1 : to shift an automotive vehicle into a lower gear
2 : to move or shift to a lower level (as of speed, activity, or intensity)

downshift

noun

Examples of downshift in a Sentence

  1. You can downshift to slow the car down.

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First Known Use of downshift

1955


DOWNSHIFT Defined for English Language Learners

downshift

verb

Definition of downshift for English Language Learners

  • : to put the engine of a vehicle into a lower gear

  • : to begin to work or happen at a level that is slower, easier, or more relaxed



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