Definition of upshift in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌSHift/


[no object]
1Change to a higher gear in a motor vehicle.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [with object] Increase: stricter driving laws that upshifted the penalties for drunken driving


A change to a higher gear.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: up·shift

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