downshift

verb
down·​shift | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌshift How to pronounce downshift (audio) \
downshifted; downshifting; downshifts

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)

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Other Words from downshift

downshift noun

Examples of downshift in a Sentence

You can downshift to slow the car down.

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This style has become more of a necessity to unwind and downshift from the hectic flow of life here. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home style: Say hello to beachy boho, coastal cool," 2 July 2019 Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear. BostonGlobe.com, "Bain Capital raises $900 million for life sciences fund," 13 June 2019 Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear. CBS News, "Ford recalls 1.3 million Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups," 13 June 2019 The company has already recalled 1.5 million of the trucks due to a transmission flaw that could cause the vehicles to downshift to first gear with no warning. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Ford Issues Multiple Recalls for 1.3 Million Vehicles," 2 Jan. 2019 Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear. CBS News, "Ford recalls 1.3 million Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups," 13 June 2019 Ford is also recalling 123,000 Ford F-150 pickups from 2013 with 6-speed automatic transmissions that could potentially downshift into first gear unintentionally. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Ford recalling 1.2 million Explorers over suspension issue," 12 June 2019 Ford also is recalling 123,000 2013 F-150 pickups for a second time to stop transmissions from unintentionally downshifting into first gear. Washington Post, "U.S. budget shortfall hits $739 billion," 12 June 2019 The March report will show whether employers have significantly downshifted hiring plans or whether February was just a sputter during a long stretch of job gains. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Economists Expect Hiring Rise, Wage Gains in March Jobs Report," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of downshift

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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downshift

verb

English Language Learners Definition of downshift

: 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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