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shift

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2 the act or an instance of changing position

  • made a small shift to the left to make more room on the bench
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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon.
    • exhausted all of their resources
    • a last resort
expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible.
    • a flimsy expedient
shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient.
    • desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure
makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference.
    • old equipment employed as a makeshift
stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure.
    • a new law intended only as a stopgap

shift

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1 to change the place or position of

  • he shifted the vase closer to the wall so that it wouldnʼt get knocked over
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2 to change one's position

  • she shifted uncomfortably in her seat throughout the interview
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3 to pass from one form, state, or level to another

  • she watched the aurora in fascination as its colors shifted from green to blue
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4 to give up (something) and take something else in return

  • my brother and I shifted seats just before takeoff so that he could sit by the window
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5 to meet one's day-to-day needs

  • left the others to shift for themselves
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fend for oneself, make do, make ends meet, make shift

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