downshift


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down·shift

 (doun′shĭft′)
v. down·shift·ed, down·shift·ing, down·shifts
v.intr.
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).
v.tr.
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.

downshift

(ˈdaʊnˌʃɪft)
vb (intr)
1. (Automotive Engineering) US to change into a lower gear
2. Brit to change to a lower-paid job for the sake of a better quality of life
3. (Sociology) Brit to change to a lower-paid job for the sake of a better quality of life
n
4. a downward movement; a reduction
5. (Automotive Engineering) US a change into a lower gear

down•shift

(ˈdaʊnˌʃɪft)

v.i.
1. to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
2. to slow down.
[1950–55]

downshift


Past participle: downshifted
Gerund: downshifting

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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am downshifting
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Present Perfect
I have downshifted
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Past Continuous
I was downshifting
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
I will be downshifting
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downshift - a change from a financially rewarding but stressful career to a less well paid but more fulfilling one
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
2.downshift - a change to a lower gear in a car or bicycle
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
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Slow down by downshifting into lower gears, and be sure to downshift when going down hills as well.
When you downshift you don't have the same outgoings, so you don't need so much money.
The company continues to downshift from a fast-growing, unprofitable Internet retailer to a slow-growing, unprofitable Internet retailer.
This resulted in a downshift of $30 million for the biennium.
My husband was supportive of my need to downshift even though he is disabled and on a pension.
The new Fast-Back function enables the driver to downshift more quickly when applying the brakes in a sporting style, when moving over quickly from the accelerator to the brake pedal.
lust as important, rising property taxes decrease the value of a home as they squeeze out equity, The same $200 million downshift to the local property tax would decrease the value of an average home in New Hampshire by about $6,000.
I need to get off the gas, press the brake pedal to move the car's weight onto the front tires, then brake harder, push in the clutch, give the accelerator pedal a blip by rolling my brake-pedal foot onto it - the wall is really coming fast, brain says to foot - then downshift and ease the car into a turn.
The dream of trading a fast-paced job for a more balanced way of life is also popular with 35 to 54-year-olds, 12pc of whom are making plans to downshift, with 6pc hoping to have done so by 2006.
Therefore, the market is likely to downshift to a level closer to the 15 million industry trend of recent years.
7 litre DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL), coupled with a choice of six-speed manual transmission with an available SynchroRev Match synchronised downshift rev matching system and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
For 2001, the GS 300 gains the popular E-shift, which allows the driver to upshift and downshift via buttons mounted on the steering wheel.