Definition for shift

noun as in trick, stratagem

noun as in time served doing work

Strong matches

bout, go, period, spell, stint, time, tour, trick, turn

Weak match

working time

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Example Sentences

An emotionally wrenching marathon of hospital shifts followed.

From Vox

These shifts stand to benefit Democrats more than they benefit Republicans.

Volkswagen AG is making its green-bond debut, about two weeks after Daimler AG, as automakers tap socially responsible investors to help pay for the hugely expensive shift to electric vehicles.

From Fortune

The five-month quarantine has caused a digital shift across our way of life, leaving people to engage with the Internet, social media and technology even more—and shop.

Climate models generally show shifts in these broad patterns, though it’s not exactly clear how much the changes might translate to hurricanes themselves.

Do you think that as we get older our thoughts shift to the more abstract, the music, than the definite, the lyrics?

As Sutton shows in his book, the important shift took place gradually, from the end of the Civil War until World War II.

Most other social justice movements are seeking some shift of power and money.

Another beautiful Eminor number, with a nice shift up to the major for the chorus.

And Asians also showed a shift toward the GOP in the mid-terms.

The question was put rather testily and caused the other to shift uncomfortably before making answer.

The night shift had clocked in over an hour ago, and there should be no passing through the gate for at least six hours.

So that we were compelled to remain all the next day at the anchorage to shift them.

Then suddenly he would shift shotgun for rifle and come home with a bearskin in the wagon.

The iris of the human eye dilates and contracts with every shift of illumination, and the Time Observatory had an iris too.


On this page you'll find 343 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to shift, such as: about-face, alteration, change, conversion, deviation, and move.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.