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v. down·shift·ed, down·shift·ing, down·shifts
1. To shift a motor vehicle into a lower gear.
2. To reduce the speed, rate, or intensity of something.
3. To simplify or reduce one's expectations or commitments, especially in work hours: "28 percent said that they had downshifted and voluntarily cut back on their income in some way ... to reflect changes in priorities" (Carey Goldberg).
1. To shift (a motor vehicle) into a lower gear.
2. To reduce in speed, rate, or intensity: "The president is downshifting his confrontational rhetoric and reaffirming his readiness to talk arms control" (Newsweek).
3. To simplify or reduce one's commitments in (one's life).

down′shift′ n.
down′shift′er n.


(Sociology) the practice of simplifying one's lifestyle and becoming less materialistic
ˈdownˌshifter n
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I feel compelled to follow up on your column on downshifting through the gears when coming to a stop.
The 6- speed geartronic gearbox too does its job well in keeping the revs in check and upshifting and downshifting smoothly.
The 110 is a little slow off the block and needs downshifting on crowded sections of the highway, though it is comfortable cruising even at 160 km ph.
The powertrain package allows drivers to choose Automatic, Sport or Race modes, while the gearbox also offers sequential downshifting.
These revenue cuts lead to state budget downshifting to local communities.
The Sport Package-equipped C-Class coupe features a few actual performance-boosting goodies, including a tauter front suspension, a revised steering set-up and a recalibrated transmission with rev-matched downshifting.
It also means that the rider can concentrate mainly on braking and the corner entry while the bike handles the chores of clutching and downshifting.
The problem is that downshifting as well as other efforts to counter consumerism are incoherent in modern economic terms.
Downshifting is a social trend whereby individuals decide to abandon a materialistic lifestyle for a less stressful life elsewhere.
Touching the flappy paddles overrides the automatic mode and it's up to you to make the call on when to change gears, upshifting with your finger and downshifting with your thumb.
Writers and speakers from the simplicity movement reflect on such topics as a cool lifestyle for a hot planet, religion and the earth, reclaiming a sense of time by taking back family life from overscheduling, culture as a guidepost for a balanced life, creating the educational foundations for change, a mature economy, and downshifting to a carbon-friendly economy.