Definition of time-shift in English:


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  • 1 [no object] Move from one period in time to another.
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    • Return trips to the world we used to know as ours are now tinted green, constantly time-shifting, and filled with computer-generated superheroes.
    • He remembered the sickened feeling he got in the pit of his stomach the last time he time-shifted.
  • 2 [with object] Record (a television programme) for later viewing: [as adjective]: time-shifted programmes
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    • The ability to time-shift television programmes has really revolutionised my viewing habits.
    • In response to high production costs and the realities of the digital age, television has begun time-shifting its own content.
    • An increasing number of Irish have time-shifted their viewing habits by first using their VCRs and now their PVRs.


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  • A movement from one period in time to another, especially in a play or film: the technical problems involved in the time shift
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    • In a piece of theatrical brio, she imposes a time shift, a second storyline involving the Victorian family who once occupied Elizabeth's house - and a ghost.
    • The past perfect tense effects the time shift.
    • He intelligently dispensed with the double narrative and the time shift between Esther's sections and those told by the third-person narrator.

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