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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

Imperative
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downshift
Present
I downshift
you downshift
he/she/it downshifts
we downshift
you downshift
they downshift
Preterite
I downshifted
you downshifted
he/she/it downshifted
we downshifted
you downshifted
they downshifted
Present Continuous
I am downshifting
you are downshifting
he/she/it is downshifting
we are downshifting
you are downshifting
they are downshifting
Present Perfect
I have downshifted
you have downshifted
he/she/it has downshifted
we have downshifted
you have downshifted
they have downshifted
Past Continuous
I was downshifting
you were downshifting
he/she/it was downshifting
we were downshifting
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they were downshifting
Past Perfect
I had downshifted
you had downshifted
he/she/it had downshifted
we had downshifted
you had downshifted
they had downshifted
Future
I will downshift
you will downshift
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Future Perfect
I will have downshifted
you will have downshifted
he/she/it will have downshifted
we will have downshifted
you will have downshifted
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Future Continuous
I will be downshifting
you will be downshifting
he/she/it will be downshifting
we will be downshifting
you will be downshifting
they will be downshifting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been downshifting
you have been downshifting
he/she/it has been downshifting
we have been downshifting
you have been downshifting
they have been downshifting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been downshifting
you will have been downshifting
he/she/it will have been downshifting
we will have been downshifting
you will have been downshifting
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been downshifting
you had been downshifting
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you had been downshifting
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Conditional
I would downshift
you would downshift
he/she/it would downshift
we would downshift
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Past Conditional
I would have downshifted
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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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