downshift definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To move an auto into a lesser gear.
    • to cut back the rate, rate, or intensity of something.
    • To streamline or decrease a person's expectations or responsibilities, particularly in work hours: "28 percent said they had downshifted and voluntarily cut back on their particular earnings one way or another ... to mirror alterations in priorities” ( Carey Goldberg).
  • verb-transitive:
    • To shift (an automobile) into a lower life expectancy equipment.
    • To reduce in speed, rate, or intensity: "The president is downshifting their confrontational rhetoric and reaffirming his readiness to talk hands control” ( Newsweek).
    • To streamline or decrease your responsibilities in (one's life).
  • verb:
    • To move a transmission into a diminished equipment.
    • to work at a reduced price.
  • noun:
    • a change to less equipment in a motor vehicle or bike
    • a change from a financially worthwhile but stressful job to a less well-paid but even more satisfying one

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