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

Other Words from upshift

upshift noun

Examples of upshift in a Sentence

She upshifted into fifth gear.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 However, upshift into second gear, add some speed, and handling improves. Adam Waheed, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2017 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 See More

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First Known Use of upshift

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Upshift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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