Pronunciation: (doun'shift"), [key]
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.
to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
an act or instance of downshifting.
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