Definition of upshift in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌpʃɪft/


1 [no object] Change to a higher gear in a motor vehicle: I caught a flash of the driver hand as he upshifted
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  • Accelerating out of each curve, upshifting toward the next, the Saab's perfectly precise steering, athletically taut suspension and linear, progressive brakes add to enjoyment of the road.
  • She hit the first small straight and accelerated hard, upshifting, then braking to send her car sailing through a set of hairpin turns.
  • Kim spun her car around quickly and punched the gas, accelerating hard as she upshifted, turning the wheel onto Mountaindale Road, watching as Belial shifted uncomfortably in the racing seat.
2 [with object] Increase: stricter driving laws that upshifted the penalties for drunk-driving


1A change to a higher gear: the upshifts are mostly smooth
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  • You'll notice its stiffness most under radical upshifts (more than three gears at time).
  • It's much easier to start in 1st gear and upshift through the gears as the bike accelerates.
  • It changes down beautifully, but upshifts are either slow or jerky or full of clutch-slip.
2An increase in something: a temperature upshift
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  • But the upshift in productivity has created a new jobs cycle and changed - maybe forever - how employment enters the economic equation.
  • Adding in the 1% growth rate of the labor force, this upshift means the economy is now capable of sustaining growth in the area of 3.5% over the long haul without lifting inflation.

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