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noun [countable]     shift pronunciation in American English
/ʃɪft/
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  1. 1
    a period of work time in a factory, hospital, or other place where some people work during the day and some work at night

    a 12-hour shift

    day/night/evening etc. shift:

    Rudy works the day shift.

  2. 2
    a change in something, for example in someone’s ideas or opinions
    shift in:

    Companies were reacting too slowly to shifts in consumer demand.

    shift toward:

    There has been a recent shift toward hiring more people with good writing skills.

  3. 3
    computing a shift key on a computer keyboard
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