When the word “shift”is used as a verb, it means to move or to change. It’s also a word popularly used when changing from one gear to another on a car or on a bike.
We shifted some money from one bank account to another.
David always shifts his car into a lower gear when he climbs this steep road.
I shift gears a lot while riding my bike.
We need to shift some weight in the truck so that it’s more evenly distributed.
When used as a noun, “shift” means change or move, but it’s also used for an amount of time at work. Some companies and organizations operate 24 hours a day, which is divided into three equal shifts: the day shift, the afternoon shift, and the night shift.
Jan works the second shift from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sometimes her husband works the overnight shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Most workers prefer the day shift from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.