definition: to change position or direction, or to move from one place to another.
example: Bored with the lecture, the students shifted restlessly in their seats.
example: His family shifted from town to town during the Depression.
example: The photographer asked her to shift a little to the left.
example: Public opinion seems to be shifting on this issue.
definition: to remove or abandon and replace with another; change.
example: It’s not always easy to shift another person’s opinion.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the verb shift
shift + PREPOSITION:
- ~ to (e.g, The wind shifted to the north; Opinion shifted to the right)
- ~ toward (e.g., The government shifted toward dictatorship; The province is shifting toward solar power)
shift + ADVERB: ~ constantly, ~ gradually, ~ dramatically, ~ suddenly, ~ radically, ~ abruptly, ~ subtly, ~ decisively, ~ rapidly, ~ effortlessly, ~ fundamentally, ~ continually, ~ away (e.g., The focus shifted away from local concerns to international events), ~ upward, ~ downward, ~ northward, ~ eastward
NOUN + shift: focus ~ (e.g., The focus shifted from exercise to eating healthier foods) , emphasis ~ , wind ~ , attention ~ , opinion ~ , balance ~ , paradigm ~ , burden ~ (e.g., The burden of his elderly father’s care shifted to him when his sister died) , phase ~
Collocations: Words often used in combination with the transitive verb shift
shift + NOUN: ~ attention (e.g., The teacher struggled to shift the attention of his students), ~ focus, ~ opinion, ~ blame (e.g., The sheriff hoped to shift the blame to his deputy), ~ emphasis, ~ allegiance, ~ burden, ~ weight, ~ perception, ~ balance, ~ alliances, ~ boundary, ~ gaze