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Pronunciation: /ʃɪft/

Translation of shift in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (change position of) [object/furniture] correr, mover* to shift the scenery [Theater/Teatro] cambiar el decorado the election has shifted the balance of power toward the right las elecciones han inclinado el equilibrio político hacia la derecha he keeps shifting his ground cambia constantemente de posición 1.2 (transfer, switch) the war shifted attention away from domestic problems la guerra distrajo la atención de los problemas internos to shift resources from the public to the private sector traspasar or transferir* recursos del sector público al privado they tried to shift the responsibility onto us trataron de cargarnos la responsabilidad
  • 2 (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] 2.1 (move, remove) shift yourself, will you! ¡quítate de ahí! I can't shift this nail/cork este clavo/tapón no hay quien lo saque it's impossible to shift him now he's made up his mind ahora que se ha decidido, no hay quien lo haga cambiar de opinión 2.2 (get rid of) [stain] quitar, sacar* (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) ; [cold/allergy] quitarse de encima

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (change position, direction) [cargo] correrse; [wind] cambiar he shifted uneasily in his chair se movía intranquilo en la silla she shifted onto her back se puso boca arriba public opinion shifted in favor of disarmament la opinión pública se inclinó a favor del desarme the emphasis has shifted away from translation to speaking the language ahora se pone énfasis en hablar el idioma y no en traducirlo 1.2 (switch, change over) the scene shifts and we are in a garden hay un cambio de escena y estamos en un jardín the focus of attention has shifted to Europe el foco de atención ha pasado a Europa 1.3
    (shifting present participle/participio presente)
    [opinion/moods] cambiante shifting sands arenas (feminine plural) movedizas
    Example sentences
    • While all deaths on the roads are avoidable it seems that your campaign aims to shift the focus and blame away from motorcyclists and onto other road users.
    • The economic culture in particular was shifted significantly in the direction of enterprise.
    • We can expect to see a push for more of the tax burden to be shifted onto employers.
    Example sentences
    • After the system is docked, the nurse reassesses the patient's position to ensure that nothing moved or shifted during transfer.
    • So things are once again in a state of rearrangement in my humble apartment, getting shifted, moved around and reassigned.
    • And the aisle all the way to the door bustled with Adivasi vegetable vendors who squatted with their baskets shifting and moving till they found a comfort zone.
    Example sentences
    • I shifted uncomfortably in my position on a plastic covered sofa.
    • Brant shifted uncomfortably, obviously nervous about the gun still pointed directly at him and he began to lower his hands.
    • One would ordinarily shift from a physical position which grows increasingly uncomfortable, but the meditator does not.
    Example sentences
    • If the area is violent, the balance of power can shift in the opposite direction.
    • But even as the balance of power on the ground shifted in one direction, the balance of politics at home was shifting in the other.
    • The focus of his attention shifted abruptly to the moonlit scene before him.
  • 2 (British English/inglés británico) 2.1 (move) [colloquial/familiar] shift up/along a bit córrete un poco 2.2 (budge) ceder, transigir* he won't shift from his position no va a cambiar su postura or posición
    Example sentences
    • I reckon that Old Shifty won't shift himself until there is absolutely no money left in the tea caddy where they keep the pension dosh.
    • Use focus to shift yourself to states of motivation, productivity or your goals.
    • You will understand how important it is to shift yourself
    Example sentences
    • As soon as you start facing complaints from your customer you'd better shift.
    Example sentences
    • This Vanish stain remover can shift bolognaise sauce, tea, coffee, curry, blood, a little engine oil (like if you splash some by accident when you're topping up your car oil), and these are just a few stains of what it is good at getting rid of.
    • And she's not afraid to use it, regularly calling in with the solution to a hard-to-shift stain or to correct the advice of the on-air expert.
    • If soap and water doesn't shift the stain scrub the area with a nail-brush dipped in vinegar and salt.
    Example sentences
    • It's very important to finish the design phase before the end of this year (so that we can shift the product to the market at the beginning of next year).
    • I know that there is an element of advertising - my whisky must be good because there is a bottle in TWE at £10000! - but they must also want to shift some product.
    • We really did shift some stuff last weekend, didn't we?
    Example sentences
    • Herr Murr calculated Britons were shifting beer at a staggering rate of 200 pints per minute.
    • And if you think Poleson can shift whisky, you should have seen Macintyre in his prime, I'm amazed he's still alive.
  • 3 (manage) to shift for oneself arreglárselas solo
  • 4 (change gear) (American English/inglés norteamericano) cambiar de marcha or de velocidad
    Example sentences
    • To maintain the vehicle speed, she would have to shift into a lower gear.
    • Zaren pushed in the clutch and shifted to second gear and the car made a sudden leap in speed.
    • To shift into fourth gear, you push the button yet again.


  • 1 1.1 (change in position) cambio (masculine) a shift in the wind un cambio en la dirección del viento there was a shift in public opinion hubo un cambio or un viraje en la opinión pública a shift of attitude un cambio de actitud a major population shift un desplazamiento masivo de población a shift away from isolationism un alejamiento de la política aislacionista to make shift with/without sth arreglárselas con/sin algo 1.2 [Linguistics/Lingüística] mutación (feminine) vowel/consonant shift mutación (feminine) vocálica/consonántica 1.3 [Computing/Informática] desplazamiento (masculine)
  • 2 (work period) turno (masculine) to work the day/night shift hacer* el turno de día/de noche I work the early/late shift hago el primer/último turno to work (in) shifts trabajar por turnos (before noun/delante del nombre) shift work/worker trabajo (masculine)/trabajador, (masculine, feminine) por turnos
  • 4 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Cars/Automovilismo] palanca (masculine) de cambio or (Mexico/México) de velocidades

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