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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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shift

verb

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1 to change the place or position of
  • he shifted the vase closer to the wall so that it wouldn't 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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Noun

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

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The first known use of shift was in the 13th century

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“Shift.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shift. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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