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shift

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of shift

  1. 1 an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result desperate shifts to stave off financial disaster Synonyms of shift expedient, means, move, measure, stepWords Related to shift act, action, deed, doing, feat, thing; course, procedure, proceeding, process; accomplishment, achievement, attainment, coup, exploit, success, triumph; activity, affair, business, dealing, enterprise, event; attempt, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, initiative, operation, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, undertaking, whack; effort, exertion, labor, pains, trouble, while, work; project, proposal, proposition; makeshift, resort, resource, stopgap; countermeasure, countermove, counterstep

  2. 2 the act or an instance of changing position made a small shift to the left to make more room on the bench Synonyms of shift motion, move, movement, shifting, stir, stirringWords Related to shift dislocation, migration, relocation; locomotion, mobility, motility, motivity; fiddling, fidgeting, squirm, squirming, twitching, wriggling, writhing; flailing, flapping, wavingNear Antonyms of shift immobility; inertia, inertness, stillness; cessation, discontinuance, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, pause, shutdown, shutoff, stop, stoppage, surcease, terminationAntonyms of shift motionlessness

Synonym Discussion of shift

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

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of shift

  1. 1 to change the place or position of he shifted the vase closer to the wall so that it wouldn't get knocked over Synonyms of shift budge, dislocate, displace, disturb, relocate, remove, reposition, move, transfer, transposeWords Related to shift bear, carry, cart, convey, drive, haul, lug, tote, transmit, transplant, transport; replace, supersede, supplant; alter, make over, modify, redo, refashion, remake, remodel, revamp, revise, rework, varyNear Antonyms of shift anchor, fix, freeze, moor, secure, set, stabilize; embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root

  2. 2 to change one's position she shifted uncomfortably in her seat throughout the interview Synonyms of shift budge, locomote, move, stirWords Related to shift fiddle, fidget, jiggle, squiggle, squirm, toss, twitch, wiggle, wriggle, writhe; rouseNear Antonyms of shift hang around, remain, stay, stick around, tarry; stabilizeAntonyms of shift freeze, still

  3. 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 Synonyms of shift fluctuate, mutate, change, snap, varyWords Related to shift metamorphose, morph, transmute; better, improve; deteriorate, worsen; turn around; seesaw, teeter, vacillate, waverAntonyms of shift plateau, stabilize

  4. 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 Synonyms of shift commute, exchange, change, substitute, swap, switch, tradeWords Related to shift interchange; displace, replace, supersede; cede, hand over, surrender, yield; reciprocate

  5. 5 to meet one's day-to-day needs left the others to shift for themselves Synonyms of shift cope, do, fare, get by, get on, make out, manage, get alongWords Related to shift carry on, contrive, scrape (by or through), scrounge; last, survive; eke out, scrape (out), squeeze, wrest, wring; afford, swingNear Antonyms of shift collapse, fail, fall short, fizzle, flounder; decline, peter (out), slump, wane; give up


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