Definition of downshift
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)
Examples of downshift in a Sentence
You can downshift to slow the car down.
Recent Examples of downshift from the Web
The economy is still stuck in a lackluster pace, and its growth downshifted to 1.4 percent in the first three months of the year from 2.1 percent in last year’s final quarter.
Harden, by contrast, is in his natural element playing fast and loose first, downshifting when necessary to exploit mismatches or generate late-clock opportunities.
Dana’s portfolio was also configured similarly, but in recent years her portfolio has remained moderate while John and Jill have downshifted to a less aggressive 50 percent high-risk allocation.
Average monthly job growth downshifted to 180,000 last year and 185,000 in 2017 from 226,000 in 2015.
Creeping in stop-and-go traffic is particularly annoying as the transmission wants to upshift or downshift to find its thrift spot.
But school educators, school health professionals, and advocacy organizations warn that this progress could slip under the new health-care proposal, as these costs would be downshifted onto state and local governments.
But U.S. economic growth downshifted to 0.7%, its slowest quarterly growth rate in three years.
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First Known Use of downshift
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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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