Definition of downshift in English:

downshift

Syllabification: down·shift
Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌSHift
 
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verb

[no object]
1North American Change to a lower gear in a motor vehicle or bicycle.
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  • In automatic mode it will sense via accelerometers when to retain a low gear and when to downshift.
  • You're going to brake for Turn 10 just as the pavement changes (from asphalt to concrete at the start of the corner) and then downshift to second gear from fourth.
  • It also works for travelling down grades, holding a gear and/or downshifting when the brake is tapped.
1.1Slow down; slacken off: well before the country slipped into recession, business was downshifting
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  • On the whole, people go on holiday to downshift, to go back a few centuries and to get away from commerce and industry.
  • Everyone has to add value, to move, to upsize or downshift.
  • In China, virtually everything will turn on the ability of the central leadership to downshift the economy without stalling it, " he said.
1.2Change a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one: they want to downshift from full-time work
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  • So you have to save as much as you can and maybe when you hit 50 downshift to a less stressful or part-time job, which will still provide you with some kind of income.
  • They are not ‘resigning to spend more time with their family ‘, but downshifting to a happier and less stressful lifestyle.’
  • ‘I would like people to be able to carry on working and gradually downshift into full time retirement,’ he said yesterday.

noun

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1North American A change to a lower gear in a motor vehicle or bicycle.
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  • Like the V8 it mates to a five-speed automatic with adaptive shift control and a manual mode that matches engine revs on downshifts.
  • Best of all, the engine revs joyously through downshifts, providing a great exhaust note while telling the world this isn't your average TT.
  • Unlike traditional transmissions, the 7-speed will skip up to three gear ratios if necessary during downshifts, providing quick, smooth acceleration.
1.1A change in quality or quantity to a lesser or lower degree: the downshift of human position from the center of the cosmos
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  • A downshift in the quality of acting also has something to do with this.
  • But one of the many questions begged by this increasingly commonplace downshift in ratings outlook across the board is how much of this may be due to changes in assessment by the agencies themselves.
  • The body burns fat more effectively with small incremental downshifts in calories.
1.2An instance of changing a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one.
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  • But these downshifts do not bring you any closer to full-time Downers because they are voluntary moves that form a legitimate part of a self-chosen life project.
  • This goes back to careful thought around the future and what you hope to attain through the downshift.

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