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 In town, the Escape's transmission insists on upshifting early, dropping the revs to about 1500 rpm. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Compact SUV Battle: Ford vs. Honda vs. Mazda vs. Subaru vs. Toyota vs. VW," 20 Apr. 2020 The transmission is eager to upshift but less so to drop down a gear. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 Mash the gas pedal, and upshift around where the needle hits red. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Lamborghini Urus Is a Driver-Friendly Supercar With an Endearing Lack of Logic," 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, "Why Chevy Needs This Naturally Aspirated, Wisconsin-Built V-8," 25 Dec. 2017 That meant a light throttle and upshifting at 2200 rpm. John Pearley Huffman, Popular Mechanics, "Taking the 2014 Chevy Corvette on a Fuel-Economy Run," 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,, "Free From the Suns and the Salon, Eric Bledsoe Is Thriving," 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,, "2017 Jeep Compass Latitude: Getting a leg up on the competition," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of upshift

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Upshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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