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[doun-shift] /ˈdaʊnˌʃɪft/
verb (used without object)
to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
to become less active; slow down:
The economy seems to be downshifting.
verb (used with object)
to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
an act or instance of downshifting.
Origin of downshift
1950-55; down1 + shift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They can more easily downshift their housing or move to new opportunity.
  • It represents a downshift in engine size that confounds those of us with muscle-engine memories.
  • downshift to a lower gear rather than riding the brakes when going down a long, steep grade.
  • Does this mean that it is not possible to downshift to slow down the vehicle.
  • It is too easy to downshift from sixth into third instead of fifth.
  • It's cool when you come toward a turn at high speed and back off, and your automatic transmission drops a downshift for you.
  • Use either the tachometer or the speedometer and downshift at the right rpm or road speed.

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