Definition of downshift in US English:

downshift

verb

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  • 1North American Change to a lower gear in a motor vehicle or bicycle.

    • ‘She was coming off the track now, not bothering to downshift; he heard the gears whine into neutral, and recognized the sound of aging synchromesh.’
    • ‘It also works for travelling down grades, holding a gear and/or downshifting when the brake is tapped.’
    • ‘The new SMG gearbox also offers safety benefits when downshifting on slippery surfaces.’
    • ‘Going downhill the Ford took a little more pressure on the brake pedal to downshift than did the Chevy with the Allison Automatic transmission.’
    • ‘For safety's sake it will downshift to first if you forget to do it before pulling away from rest.’
    • ‘But a parts failure in the opening round caused his car to abruptly downshift from 2nd gear, giving way to Steve to score.’
    • ‘He tries to downshift, but he's already in his 25.’
    • ‘You're going to brake for Turn 10 just as the pavement changes (from asphalt to concrete at the start of the corner) and then downshift to second gear from fourth.’
    • ‘Then, when you are out on a fast, open road you find the engine runs out of puff on hills so you have to downshift and rev it to oblivion.’
    • ‘Taking on hairpin turns, drivers downshift from seventh gear to first within seconds, putting transmissions under strains that have spelled ruin for many a team's hopes for victory.’
    • ‘In tight corners you can downshift with just a quick blip of the throttle.’
    • ‘She had nothing better to do, she thought as she downshifted and zipped around a little Toyota convertible.’
    • ‘I downshifted into first, and goosed the throttle.’
    • ‘I let go of the pedal, and slowly began to downshift and tap the brake.’
    • ‘On 11, you have to brake hard and downshift all the way to first gear - it's a hairpin, right-hand turn.’
    • ‘If Nash and Nowitzki excel when the Mavs are in high gear, then Finley works best when the team downshifts to second.’
    • ‘In automatic mode it will sense via accelerometers when to retain a low gear and when to downshift.’
    • ‘But the S6 taught me new joys of turning in on the brakes and downshifting without moving my hands.’
    • ‘‘It's go time,’ I thought to myself, as I downshifted back down to fourth gear, matched my revs and punched the throttle.’
    • ‘There's still room for error when shifting gears, use them when they downshift - especially when coming into the pits-and when starting from complete stops.’
  • 2Change a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one.

    ‘they want to downshift from full-time work’
    • ‘One can continue to be an Upper in good standing by downsizing and downshifting from a house in Holland Park to a cottage in mid-Wales, from £200,000 a year in the City to £10,000 a year as a carpenter or potter.’
    • ‘One of the biggest barriers to downshifting to the country for many people is not simply financial or professional, but a well-established life.’
    • ‘The decision to downshift from a stress-filled job with long hours and demanding targets is rarely an easy one.’
    • ‘When a laird and his wife swapped their Perthshire castle for a tiny Italian farmhouse they were meant to be downshifting on a dramatic scale.’
    • ‘We want to be able to downshift to the point where we can then have the freedom to choose how we're going to sustain ourselves and not be dependent on, you know, on anybody or any kind of income at that point.’
    • ‘A former assistant secretary in the department of industry, Frithiofson has downshifted to ferrying tourists around the islands and taking them on fishing trips.’
    • ‘I find the biggest problem people have is deciding what to do for a living after downshifting.’
    • ‘According to them, authors of Getting A Life, one in eight people in work have taken steps towards simplifying their lives - downshifting - or are thinking of doing so.’
    • ‘One retail analyst said many executives can afford to downshift because they've become financially independent through stock options, stock grants and bonuses.’
    • ‘After 15 years in the fastest lane, he downshifted to a slower one, surfing with single-minded devotion and opening his shop.’
    • ‘Like her friend, she has downshifted into a Cool Britannia lifestyle.’
    • ‘It is all part of the grand plan to sell Avon Cottage in four years time, clear our debts and downshift to Italy.’
    • ‘‘I would like people to be able to carry on working and gradually downshift into full time retirement,’ he said yesterday.’
    • ‘Living better on less money, downshifting and redefining ideas about ambition, success and happiness are some of the subjects covered.’
    • ‘They are not ‘resigning to spend more time with their family ‘, but downshifting to a happier and less stressful lifestyle.’’
    • ‘Surprisingly, even the under 35s have had enough of stressful living with 1.3 million them hoping to downshift in the next decade.’
    • ‘Two years ago Jeremy Hawkins downshifted from London's financial district, where he had worked for 23 years, to a home-based life.’
    • ‘So you have to save as much as you can and maybe when you hit 50 downshift to a less stressful or part-time job, which will still provide you with some kind of income.’
    • ‘With only ten days left in office, the Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, is preparing to downshift on January 15, moving to Ilkley to become parish priest there.’
    • ‘After the birth of Skylar, software engineer Bryan decided to downshift his career and only work four days a week.’
    1. 2.1 Slow down; slacken off.
      ‘well before the country slipped into recession, business was downshifting’
      • ‘In China, virtually everything will turn on the ability of the central leadership to downshift the economy without stalling it, " he said.’
      • ‘Everyone has to add value, to move, to upsize or downshift.’
      • ‘On the whole, people go on holiday to downshift, to go back a few centuries and to get away from commerce and industry.’
      • ‘If growth downshifts to a 3-4% rate, will the job-killing recovery return?’
      • ‘Some decided to downshift and take cycling less seriously once they became pregnant and had their babies.’
      • ‘‘Everybody downshifts when things look to slow down or just look dodgy,’ she says.’

noun

  • 1North American A change to a lower gear in a motor vehicle or bicycle.

    • ‘Depending on the vibrational motion, it could be either an upshift or a downshift.’
    • ‘In this mode, the vehicle senses when increased engine braking is required and automatically schedules a downshift.’
    • ‘This is a slightly detuned, more refined version of the 147/156 GTA motor, and its easy, creamy power delivery lets you amble at low speeds without demanding a downshift if the traffic suddenly vanishes.’
    • ‘You can flick up and down the box with a flex of the fingers, the downshifts including a perfectly-timed throttle blip.’
    • ‘We tested it at VIR and, again it's so easy to shift, but I think that's part of the problem is that the thing is so easy to shift that maybe you're over-confident and you're not matching the revs on the downshift.’
    • ‘Even if it did produce lovely vroom-vroom noises on downshifts.’
    • ‘These changes mean downshifts and upshifts: If you have a loss of principles in practice, your society will decay.’
    • ‘Perhaps an electronic ‘blip’ of the throttle on the downshift would have helped.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional transmissions, the 7-speed will skip up to three gear ratios if necessary during downshifts, providing quick, smooth acceleration.’
    • ‘For example, if the system detects a drop in vehicle speed prior to entering a turn or a lane change, up to two downshifts can occur to provide the driver with maximum engine response.’
    • ‘We did a good job and the car worked well apart from a slight problem with the downshift, which cost me a little bit of time.’
    • ‘Like the V8 it mates to a five-speed automatic with adaptive shift control and a manual mode that matches engine revs on downshifts.’
    • ‘Although the motor blipped perfectly under load such as when doing a heel and toe downshift, blipping the throttle at idle often produced a big hole in response before the motor picked up.’
    • ‘These gearboxes are a lot different, and I probably didn't do a complete downshift.’
    • ‘Best of all, the engine revs joyously through downshifts, providing a great exhaust note while telling the world this isn't your average TT.’
    • ‘In tow haul mode it will even perform multiple downshifts for controlled deceleration, all of which tested well on the loaded trucks we tried.’
    • ‘Acceleration for this vehicle is found to be ample despite occasional transmission delays in full-throttle downshifts.’
    • ‘They had recently taken some fuel out to reduce the two foot long gobs of flame exiting the exhausts on each downshift, introducing some kangaroo factor at pit exit speed.’
    • ‘The peak torque of 200Nm occurs at 1500 rpm, and it will pull cleanly from 1200 rpm or so, whereas the PSA HDi unit would hunt and demand a downshift.’
    • ‘On the up shift, you lift (off the gas) and shift; on the downshift, you blip and shift.’
  • 2An instance of changing a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one.

    • ‘But these downshifts do not bring you any closer to full-time Downers because they are voluntary moves that form a legitimate part of a self-chosen life project.’
    • ‘This goes back to careful thought around the future and what you hope to attain through the downshift.’
    1. 2.1 A change in quality or quantity to a lesser or lower degree.
      ‘the downshift of human position from the center of the cosmos’
      • ‘But the second-quarter dip in growth far overstates the downshift.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the Fe-CN bond may only be weakened in an electronically excited state, possibly of (d, d) character, leading to a downshift of the C = N stretch frequency.’
      • ‘This near-critical behavior is relevant for balanced growth of Escherichia coli cells in media that lack amino acids and for adaptation of E. coli cells after downshifts from amino-acid-containing to amino-acid-lacking growth media.’
      • ‘That's why this plan focuses on a gradual downshift in calories (over the first three weeks) until you hit weight-loss mode (which will happen for most women in the fourth week of our diet plan).’
      • ‘The downshift hits workers of color particularly hard.’
      • ‘Given the undercounted slack in the labor market and the structural downshift in hiring, a jobless rate at around 4.5% looks to be a 2006 goal.’
      • ‘Simply put, we are most impacted by economic downshifts, changes in the job market, and reversals in federal funding allocations.’
      • ‘After downshift to 20°, 100% of the nuclei underwent mitotic division and then arrested with aberrantly shaped nuclei.’
      • ‘Temperature downshift from 30° to 15° before death permitted nearly all of them to develop to fertile adults.’
      • ‘The more disturbing trend, however, was the downshift in capital spending.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if the Chl d formyl C = O is H-bonded then larger 2 H-induced downshifts could be expected.’
      • ‘In ‘Nijisseiki’, propylene-treated fruit exhibited a downshift of UA in the water-soluble fraction but non-treated fruit did not.’
      • ‘A slowdown in technology spending following the Internet bubble-burst in 2000 contributed greatly to the downshift in the economy, which in turn led to a significant decrease in business travel.’
      • ‘The body burns fat more effectively with small incremental downshifts in calories.’
      • ‘But one of the many questions begged by this increasingly commonplace downshift in ratings outlook across the board is how much of this may be due to changes in assessment by the agencies themselves.’
      • ‘A downshift in the quality of acting also has something to do with this.’
      • ‘What's critical is whether this slowdown is symptomatic of a permanent downshift.’
      • ‘This was manifested as a decrease in the transition enthalpy and a downshift in the transition temperature of the main phase transition and the pretransition, as well as a concomitant broadening of both transitions.’
      • ‘Separately, a New York Fed paper suggested that there has been a downshift in the volatility of the business cycle.’
      • ‘These effects are most pronounced for gel-like bilayer structures and support the observed downshift in the phase-transition temperature.’

Pronunciation

downshift

/ˈdounˌSHift//ˈdaʊnˌʃɪft/