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downshift

[doun-shift] /ˈdaʊnˌʃɪft/
verb (used without object)
1.
to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
2.
to become less active; slow down:
The economy seems to be downshifting.
verb (used with object)
3.
to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
noun
4.
an act or instance of downshifting.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; down1 + shift
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downshifting

/ˈdaʊnˌʃɪftɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of simplifying one's lifestyle and becoming less materialistic
Derived Forms
downshifter, noun
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