Upshift vs. Downshift

Upshift vs. Downshift — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Upshift and Downshift

Upshiftverb

To shift a motor vehicle into a higher gear.

Downshiftverb

To shift a motor vehicle into a lower gear.

Upshiftnoun

A shift to a higher gear

Downshiftverb

To reduce the speed, rate, or intensity of something.

Upshiftnoun

A shift to a higher level, such as of frequency, growth, economic level, etc.

Downshiftverb

To simplify or reduce one's expectations or commitments, especially in work hours

"28 percent said that they had downshifted and voluntarily cut back on their income in some way ... to reflect changes in priorities" (Carey Goldberg).
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Upshiftverb

To shift to a higher gear

You can upshift to second gear once the car is moving.

Downshiftverb

To shift (a motor vehicle) into a lower gear.

Upshiftverb

(transitive) To shift to a higher level, such as of frequency, growth rate, economic level, etc.

The frequency of the light is upshifted.

Downshiftverb

To reduce in speed, rate, or intensity

"The president is downshifting his confrontational rhetoric and reaffirming his readiness to talk arms control" (Newsweek).

Downshiftverb

To simplify or reduce one's commitments in (one's life).

Downshiftverb

(automotive) To shift a transmission into a lower gear.

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Downshiftverb

To function at a lower rate.

Downshiftverb

To make less controversial or risky.