Full record for shapeshift v.

Definition to change shape, by an imagined natural capability, and adopt the form and sometimes abilities of an animal or other being
OED requirements antedating 1986
Earliest cite S. Dexter 'The Mountains of Channadran'
Comment Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye's 1990 "The Death of Sleep". Douglas Winston submitted a 1986 cite for the variant "shape-shift" (as "shape-shifted") from Susan Dexter's "The Mountains of Channadran".
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Citations for shapeshift v.

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1986 S. Dexter Mountains of Channadran 262 The lizard's shrunken, emptied body lay only a few inches from his face. Tristan watched it a long while, expecting some new trick, but apparently this time the transformation was real and final. Cheris had shape-shifted for the last time.
1990 A. McCaffrey & J. L. Nye Death of Sleep (1992) 55 He's so young, he doesn't know yet that it's considered bad manners by his people to shape-shift in public.
1993 SFRA Rev. Jan. 103 Elementals of various first world clans who can shapeshift from monstrosity to human form.
1994 I. McDonald Necroville (1995) 68 The car shapeshifted, slimming and streamlining itself, pressing itself close to the black skin of the highway, growing spoilers and tailfins.
1996 SFX May 96/2 Hit a button and it shape-shifts back to normal.