downshift [doun-shift] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object)
- to an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
- to become less active; slow : The economy seems to be downshifting.
verb (used with object)
- to (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
- an act or instance of downshifting.
Origin of downshift First recorded in 1950–55;+ Examples from the Web for downshift Contemporary Examples of downshift
On schools: keep innovating, increase accountability, but downshift the emphasis on test scores.
August 14, 2013
Howard Kurtz on the downshift—and how Cain is defying political gravity.
October 28, 2011
And this downshift in career ambitions is just as true for the top dogs among us.
Katty Kay, Claire Shipman
June 2, 2009