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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The Bay Area housing market has downshifted from last year’s peak but is still making millionaires of long-time homeowners and frustrating buyers with near-record prices. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home market, getting looser, is still tight," 9 Sep. 2019 Readings above 50 signal growth, so the index suggests that overall growth will continue but has downshifted. Washington Post, "Survey: US services sector slips to worst growth in 3 years," 5 Aug. 2019 At the same time, consumer sentiment plummeted to a seven-month low this month, raising the risk that the economy’s biggest engine may be poised to downshift. Los Angeles Times, "Federal Reserve saw July interest rate cut as insurance for growth and inflation," 21 Aug. 2019 Hiring has downshifted in recent months, raising concerns of a slowdown after a decade of growth. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "What the June Jobs Report Tells Us About the U.S. Economy," 5 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 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

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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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