shift - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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:

    Rudolfo 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 towards:

    There has been a recent shift towards involving more laypeople in decision making.

  3. 3
    computing a shift key on a computer keyboard
  4. 4
    a woman’s dress that hangs down straight