Alter vs. Shift

Alter vs. Shift — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Alter and Shift

Alterverb

To change or make different; modify

altered my will.

Shiftverb

To exchange (one thing) for another of the same class

shifted assignments among the students.

Alterverb

To adjust (a garment) for a better fit.

Shiftverb

To move or transfer from one place or position to another.

Alterverb

To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog).

Shiftverb

To alter (position or place).

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Alterverb

To change or become different.

Shiftverb

To change (gears), as in an automobile.

Alterverb

(transitive) To change the form or structure of.

Shiftverb

(Linguistics) To alter phonetically as part of a systematic historical change.

Alterverb

(intransitive) To become different.

Shiftverb

To change position, direction, place, or form.

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Alterverb

(transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit.

Shiftverb

To provide for one's own needs; get along

"See me safe up.

Alterverb

(transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).

Shiftverb

To get along by tricky or evasive means.

Alterverb

(transitive) To affect mentally, as by psychotropic drugs or illness.

Shiftverb

To change gears, as when driving an automobile.

Alternoun

One of the identities or personalities of a person with multiple personality disorder / dissociative identity disorder.

Shiftverb

(Linguistics) To be altered as part of a systematic historical change. Used of speech sounds.

Alterverb

cause to change; make different; cause a transformation;

The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the cityThe discussion has changed my thinking about the issue

Shiftverb

To use a shift key.

Alterverb

make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence;

her mood changes in accordance with the weatherThe supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season

Shiftnoun

A change from one person or configuration to another; a substitution.

Alterverb

make an alteration to;

This dress needs to be altered

Shiftnoun

A group of workers that relieve another on a regular schedule.

Alterverb

insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

Shiftnoun

The working period of such a group

worked the night shift.

Alterverb

remove the ovaries of;

Is your cat spayed?

Shiftnoun

A means to an end; an expedient.

Shiftnoun

A stratagem; a trick.

Shiftnoun

A change in direction

a shift in the wind.

Shiftnoun

A change in attitude, judgment, or emphasis.

Shiftnoun

(Music) A change of the hand position in playing the violin or a similar instrument.

Shiftnoun

(Football) A rearrangement of players from one formation to another just prior to the snap of the ball.

Shiftnoun

(Baseball) A rearrangement of one or more fielders for improved defense against a particular hitter.

Shiftnoun

(Geology) See fault.

Shiftnoun

(Computers) Movement of characters in a register to the left or right, as of the bits in a byte.

Shiftnoun

The act or an instance of using a shift key.

Shiftnoun

(Physics) A change in wavelength, causing a movement of a spectral band or line.

Shiftnoun

A systematic change of the phonetic or phonemic structure of a language.

Shiftnoun

Functional shift.

Shiftnoun

A loosely fitting dress that hangs straight from the shoulder; a chemise.

Shiftnoun

A woman's undergarment; a slip or chemise.

Shiftnoun

(historical) A type of women's undergarment, a slip.

Just last week she bought a new shift at the market.

Shiftnoun

A change of workers, now specifically a set group of workers or period of working time.

We'll work three shifts a day till the job's done.

Shiftnoun

An act of shifting; a slight movement or change.

There was a shift in the political atmosphere.

Shiftnoun

(US) The gear mechanism in a motor vehicle.

Does it come with a stick-shift?

Shiftnoun

alternative spelling of Shift||a modifier button of computer keyboards.

If you press shift-P, the preview display will change.

Shiftnoun

(computing) A bit shift.

Shiftnoun

(baseball) The infield shift.

Teams often use the shift against this lefty.

Shiftnoun

The act of kissing passionately.

Shiftnoun

(archaic) A contrivance, device to try when other methods fail.

Shiftnoun

(archaic) A trick, an artifice.

Shiftnoun

In building, the extent, or arrangement, of the overlapping of plank, brick, stones, etc., that are placed in courses so as to break joints.

Shiftnoun

(mining) A breaking off and dislocation of a seam; a fault.

Shiftnoun

(genetics) A mutation in which the DNA or RNA from two different sources (such as viruses or bacteria) combine.

Shiftverb

(transitive) To change, swap.

Shiftverb

(transitive) To move from one place to another; to redistribute.

We'll have to shift these boxes to the downtown office.

Shiftverb

(intransitive) To change position.

She shifted slightly in her seat.His political stance shifted daily.

Shiftverb

To change (one's clothes); also to change (someone's) underclothes.

Shiftverb

(intransitive) To change gears (in a car).

I crested the hill and shifted into fifth.

Shiftverb

(typewriters) To move the keys of a typewriter over in order to type capital letters and special characters.

Shiftverb

(computer keyboards) To switch to a character entry mode for capital letters and special characters.

Shiftverb

To manipulate a binary number by moving all of its digits left or right; compare rotate.

Shifting 1001 to the left yields 10010; shifting it right yields 100.

Shiftverb

To remove the first value from an array.

Shiftverb

(transitive) To dispose of.

How can I shift a grass stain?

Shiftverb

(intransitive) To hurry.

If you shift, you might make the 2:19.

Shiftverb

To engage in sexual petting.

Shiftverb

(archaic) To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage.

Shiftverb

To practice indirect or evasive methods.

Shiftnoun

an event in which something is displaced without rotation

Shiftnoun

a qualitative change

Shiftnoun

the time period during which you are at work

Shiftnoun

the act of changing one thing or position for another;

his switch on abortion cost him the election

Shiftnoun

the act of moving from one place to another;

his constant shifting disrupted the class

Shiftnoun

(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other;

they built it right over a geological fault

Shiftnoun

a group of workers who work for a specific period of time

Shiftnoun

a woman's sleeveless undergarment

Shiftnoun

a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

Shiftverb

make a shift in or exchange of;

First Joe led; then we switched

Shiftverb

change place or direction;

Shift one's position

Shiftverb

move around;

transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket

Shiftverb

move very slightly;

He shifted in his seat

Shiftverb

move from one setting or context to another;

shift the emphasisshift one's attention

Shiftverb

change in quality;

His tone shifted

Shiftverb

move and exchange for another;

shift the date for our class reunion

Shiftverb

move sideways or in an unsteady way;

The ship careened out of control

Shiftverb

move abruptly;

The ship suddenly lurched to the left

Shiftverb

use a shift key on a keyboard;

She could not shift so all ther letters are written in lower case

Shiftverb

change phonetically as part of a systematic historical change;

Grimm showed how the consonants shifted

Shiftverb

change gears;

you have to shift when you go down a steep hill

Shiftverb

lay aside, abandon, or leave for another;

switch to a different brand of beerShe switched psychiatristsThe car changed lanes