Definition of shifting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHiftiNG/


Changing, especially unpredictably: diverse districts with shifting demographics
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  • The immediate impact of the shifting policies will vary across the state.
  • From shifting populations to the "brain drain" to the farm crisis of the 1980s, we've faced some tough times.
  • This year, there was evidence of shifting priorities.


shifting sands

Used in reference to something that is constantly changing, especially unpredictably: whether something is accepted depends upon the shifting sands of taste
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  • Any minister required to speak for the government on its most enduring policy dilemma knows he is on shifting sands.
  • At the parish level I have experienced firsthand the shifting sands of Anglicanism from covenant to contract.
  • These questions found no purchase on the shifting sands of memory.

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Syllabification: shift·ing

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