downshift

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verb down·shift \-ˌshift\

Definition of downshift

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shift an automotive vehicle into a lower gear

  3. 2 :  to move or shift to a lower level (as of speed, activity, or intensity)

downshift

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Examples of downshift in a sentence

  1. You can downshift to slow the car down.

1955

First Known Use of downshift

1955


DOWNSHIFT Defined for English Language Learners

downshift

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verb down·shift \-ˌshift\

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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