up·​shift | \ ˈəp-ˌshift How to pronounce upshift (audio) \
upshifted; upshifting; upshifts

Definition of upshift

intransitive verb

: to shift an automotive vehicle into a higher gear

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Other Words from upshift

upshift noun

Examples of upshift in a Sentence

She upshifted into fifth gear.
Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, the Huracán's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission still isn't smart enough not to upshift at corner entry, even in Sport mode. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 10 Sep. 2020 In town, the Escape's transmission insists on upshifting early, dropping the revs to about 1500 rpm. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2020 The transmission is eager to upshift but less so to drop down a gear. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, 24 Jan. 2020 Mash the gas pedal, and upshift around where the needle hits red. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 20 Jan. 2020 At 6,000 rpm, the Corvette is ready to upshift but the SB4 is just getting started on a manic surge toward its 8,000-rpm redline. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 25 Dec. 2017 That meant a light throttle and upshifting at 2200 rpm. John Pearley Huffman, Popular Mechanics, 11 Apr. 2014 Bledsoe is a more chaotic element—a driver who can upshift quickly to catch a defense off-balance, creating downhill opportunities all over the floor. Rob Mahoney,, 12 Dec. 2017 Creeping in stop-and-go traffic is particularly annoying as the transmission wants to upshift or downshift to find its thrift spot. Mark Maynard,, 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of upshift

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upshift was in 1952

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“Upshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of upshift

: to put the engine of a vehicle into a higher gear


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