1 change
distinct, dramatic, fundamental, huge, important, major, marked, massive, profound, pronounced, radical, seismic, significant, substantial

There has been a major shift in the public's taste.

a significant shift in policy

discernible, perceptible
slight, subtle
abrupt, rapid, sudden
decisive, irreversible, long-term
climate, cultural, demographic, ideological, policy, population, power
paradigm (= an important change in the way sth is thought about)

Einstein's theories caused a paradigm shift in scientific thought.

be, mark, represent

These proposals represent a dramatic shift in policy.

indicate, reflect, signal

The moment signals a significant shift in attitudes to the war.

detect, notice, observe, see, witness

I detected a subtle shift towards/toward our point of view.

bring about, cause, drive, lead to, produce, result in
experience, undergo

The industry has undergone a fundamental shift in recent years.

The toy industry is undergoing a seismic shift as more products are manufactured overseas.


one factor which may explain the president's policy shift

occur, take place

These climate shifts occurred over less than a decade.

shift between

the many shifts between verse and prose that occur in Shakespeare

shift (away) from

the shift away from direct taxation

shift in

a shift in public opinion

a shift in attitude/opinion/perspective

a shift in emphasis/mood/tone

a shift in direction/focus/policy/strategy

shift to

a sudden shift to the right in politics

shift towards/toward

a shift towards/toward part-time farming

2 division of the working day
double, long, split (esp. BrE)

I agreed to work double shifts for a few weeks.

day, early
late, swing (AmE)
graveyard (esp. AmE), night, overnight
eight-hour, ten-hour, etc.
afternoon, evening, morning, weekend
do, work

I'm doing the early shift this week.

He works the night shift.

I didn't realize that I'd have to work shifts.

be on, come on, go on
be off, come off, finish, go off

It was 8 a.m. and the nurses were changing shifts.

My husband changed his shifts from afternoons to nights.

begin (esp. BrE), start (esp. AmE)
manager, supervisor, worker
pattern, system (both BrE)

They'd altered his shift pattern twice in the past month.


The shift change took place at 10 p.m.

in shifts

The clinic is staffed by ten doctors who work in shifts.

on a/the shift

a decision for the chief nurse on each shift

1 move

Julie shifted her position slightly and smiled.

impatiently, nervously, restlessly, uncomfortably, uneasily

She shifted uncomfortably in her chair.


She shifted her gaze away from the group of tourists.


He shifted his weight onto his left foot.


Her eyes shifted to his face.

shift from foot to foot
shift in your chair, shift in your seat
2 change
dramatically, markedly, radically

The emphasis has shifted markedly in recent years.


We cannot simply shift the responsibility onto someone else.

gradually, slowly
quickly, rapidly
constantly, continually

constantly shifting alliances


Government grants are being shifted away from the capital to the regions.

attempt to, try to

They tried to shift the blame onto the government.

tend to
begin to
(away) from

I felt the advantage had suddenly shifted away from us.

back, back and forth

Like many plays, this one shifts back and forth in time and place.

into (AmE)

to shift into second gear

out of

In recent years, manufacturing has shifted out of the US.

onto, to

His sympathies rapidly shifted to the side of the workers.


These changes will shift the balance more towards/toward science subjects.

Shift is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑attention, ↑attitude, ↑balance, ↑emphasis, ↑eye, ↑focus, ↑gaze, ↑mood, ↑scene
Shift is used with these nouns as the object: ↑allegiance, ↑attention, ↑balance, ↑blame, ↑bulk, ↑burden, ↑debate, ↑direction, ↑emphasis, ↑focus, ↑gaze, ↑gear, ↑grip, ↑loyalty, ↑perception, ↑perspective, ↑position, ↑responsibility, ↑stance, ↑tactic, ↑weight

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