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

intransitive verb

: to shift an automotive vehicle into a higher gear
upshift noun

Examples of upshift in a Sentence

She upshifted into fifth gear.
Recent Examples on the Web Sport mode brings an even more aggressive algorithm and a flat-out refusal to upshift into the tallest gears even when cruising. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Aug. 2023 There was room to go faster, but the car refused to upshift into third gear and the engine was hitting its rev limiter well short of its 7000-rpm redline. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 16 June 2023 But, as has been the case far too often, the GOP doesn’t exactly have a matrix in hand for when their leader should stand down or when to upshift. Philip Elliott, Time, 17 Jan. 2023 There is little point in trying to reach the rev limiter, and in Drive the automatic gearbox always chooses to upshift well before the marked redline at 6000 rpm. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 5 Apr. 2022 The sequential gearbox will upshift with the accelerator floored, and the shift lights on the dash encourage the full use of the available rev range. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 1 June 2022 There's numbness in the steering, but the gearbox is clever enough to downshift under braking and upshift at redline. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 7 Feb. 2022 The automatic gearbox's tendency to upshift well short of the 6900-rpm redline seems to have little effect on the rate of acceleration. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 11 May 2022 And its shift logic follows your natural movement during hard driving—pull to upshift, push to downshift. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upshift was in 1952

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Cite this Entry

“Upshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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