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Old English sciftan (arrange, organise), from Germanic *skiftanan. Cognate with Dutch schiften, German schichten, Norwegian skifte.

to shift

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to shift (third-person singular simple present shifts, present participle shifting, simple past and past participle shifted)

  1. (transitive) To change, swap
    His political stance shifted daily.
  2. (transitive) to move from one place to another; to redistribute
    We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.
  3. (intransitive) to change position
    She shifted slightly in her seat.
  4. (intransitive) To change gears (in a car).
    I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.
  5. (transitive, computing) to remove the first value from an array.
  6. (transitive) to dispose of
    How can I shift a grass stain?
  7. (intransitive) to hurry
    If you shift, you might make the 2:19.
  8. (Ireland, crude slang) to engage in sexual petting.

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