From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshiftshift1 /ʃɪft/ ●●○ S3 W3 AWL verb 1 move a) [intransitive, transitive]MOVE/CHANGE POSITIONMOVE something OR somebody to move from one place or position to another, or make something do this Joe listened, shifting uncomfortably from one foot to another. She shifted her gaze from me to Bobby. b) [transitive] British English informalCARRY to move something, especially by picking it up and carrying it Give me a hand to shift these chairs.2 change attention [transitive]ATTENTION to change a situation, discussion etc by giving special attention to one idea or subject instead of to a previous oneshift something away/onto/from etc The White House hopes to shift the media’s attention away from foreign policy issues.attention/emphasis/focus shifts In this stage of a rape case, the focus often shifts onto the victim and her conduct.shift gear American English (=change what you are doing) It’s hard to shift gear when you come home after a busy day at work.3 change opinion [intransitive, transitive]CHANGE YOUR MIND if someone’s opinions, beliefs etc shift, they change Public opinion was beginning to shift to the right (=become more right-wing). shifting attitudes towards marriage He refused to shift his ground (=change his opinion).4 → shift the blame/responsibility (onto somebody)5 costs/spending [transitive always + adverb/preposition]BF to change the way that money is paid or spent syn direct the need to shift more resources towards reducing poverty6 dirt/marks [transitive] British EnglishCLEANWASH to remove dirt or marks from a surface or piece of clothing a new washing powder that will shift any stain7 in a car [intransitive, transitive] especially American EnglishTTC to change the gears when you are driving syn change British English I shifted into second gear.8 sell [transitive] British English informal to sell a product, especially a lot of it The store shifted over 1,000 copies of the book last week.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusshift• But if the expected rate of inflation changes then the Phillips curve will shift.• However, the bullet in Rocio brain is moving, shifting.• Blood stains are very difficult to shift.• When are you going to shift all this rubbish? It's making the place look a real mess.• The planet as a whole will be moving with respect to the Earth, and this will shift all wavelengths in the pulse.• shifting attitudes toward homosexuality• Investors were shifting funds from U.S. to Asian stocks.• She shifted her gaze from me to Bobby with a look of suspicion.• The leather armchair creaked as Roberts shifted his bulk.• Tell Alan to shift his feet so Maggie can sit down.• The sofa is stuck in the doorway and I can't shift it.• There is a strong need to shift more resources toward health care.• It could also hurt the software industry, although companies working on the Internet Box say it would just shift software sales.• There's no point trying to shift the car by ourselves -- we'll have to get a truck to pull us out.• Come on Des, give me a hand to shift these and then we can go home.• I've washed the tablecloth three times, but I can't seem to shift these stains.• Notice also that the distribution is shifted to higher speeds at a higher temperature.• The text on the screen will shift to the left, some off the edge of the screen and out of view.• The sun had shifted to the west.• The building's foundation has shifted, which is why there are cracks in the plaster.shift gear• Engines with good torque back-up handle a wide load changes without the need to shift gear.• He follows me on foot and tells me how to shift gears.• I just keep it spinning until it gets to a point where it's not making more power and then shift gears.• Would I be able to shift gears and be a gregarious host?• She looked at the strong hand as it shifted gears and continued resting on the lever.• There's good torque for clean response and brisk pick-up after shifting gear, but high-end engine output is nothing startling.• In the next few years the Supreme Court may shift gears or even reverse course.shift ... ground• Among more radical monetarists and free marketeers there remains disappointment that the government had not done more to shift the middle ground.• That said, agreements must be reached, and all parties will need to shift their ground.• Only in the last respect has Anderson shifted his ground substantially.shift ... stain• They seek her advice on how to shift stains without bleach and how to go green on a budget.