transfer

verb
trans·​fer | \ tran(t)s-ˈfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) , ˈtran(t)s-ˌfər \
transferred; transferring

Definition of transfer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to convey from one person, place, or situation to another : move, shift
b : to cause to pass from one to another : transmit
2 : to make over the possession or control of : convey
3 : to print or otherwise copy from one surface to another by contact

intransitive verb

1 : to move to a different place, region, or situation especially : to withdraw from one educational institution to enroll at another
2 : to change from one vehicle or transportation line to another

transfer

noun
trans·​fer | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) \

Definition of transfer (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : conveyance of right, title, or interest in real or personal property from one person to another
b : removal or acquisition of property by mere delivery with intent to transfer title
2a : an act, process, or instance of transferring : transference sense 2
b : the carryover or generalization of learned responses from one type of situation to another
3 : one that transfers or is transferred especially : a graphic image transferred by contact from one surface to another
4 : a place where a transfer is made (as of trains to ferries or as where one form of power is changed to another)
5 : a ticket entitling a passenger on a public conveyance to continue the trip on another route

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Other Words from transfer

Verb

transferability \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌfər-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce transferability (audio) \ noun
transferable or less commonly transferrable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transferrable (audio) \ adjective
transferal \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​əl How to pronounce transferal (audio) \ noun
transferrer \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transferrer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for transfer

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of transfer in a Sentence

Verb We transferred the baby's car seat to the other car. The patient was transferred to a different hospital. transfer data on the hard drive to a disk He transferred my call to another line. The virus is transferred by mosquitoes. He transferred control of the company to his son. She was able to transfer her organizational skills to her new job. Her skills transferred well to her new job. Noun We switched to another car, and the transfer only took a few minutes. They arranged for a transfer of the prisoner to a different prison. a material that reduces heat transfer speeding up data transfer between computers We are doing everything possible to ensure a smooth transfer to the new system. a transfer by deed or will a transfer to the home office My overseas transfer has been approved.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Less than a week after the Shockers' season ended in March, a walk-on and six scholarship players announced their decisions to transfer, marking the largest turnover in Marshall's 13-year tenure at the school. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall denies abuse allegations levied by ex-player," 14 Oct. 2020 The two were flown out of Sanaa on a Royal Oman Air Force plane that had hours earlier helped transfer more than 200 Houthi rebels back to Yemen. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Two US hostages held captive by Iran-backed group in Yemen freed in trade," 14 Oct. 2020 The skill sets required for clinical testing are often specialized and don’t easily transfer from other fields. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Help Wanted at Covid-19 Testing Labs," 13 Oct. 2020 Texas redshirt freshman cornerback Kenyatta Watson II on Monday announced his intention to transfer to Georgia Tech. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas CB Kenyatta Watson II transfers to Georgia Tech," 12 Oct. 2020 The vessel will be engineered, constructed and operated by ECO, serving as an at-sea base of operations to accommodate and transfer technicians, tools and parts to and from individual wind turbine generators. NOLA.com, "New Orleans Business Briefs for Oct. 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 These moves are increasingly common in the college basketball transfer portal era. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn’s Tyrese Martin left a good situation at Rhode Island for a better one in Storrs," 11 Oct. 2020 Norvell is trusting Louisville transfer Jordan Travis, the team’s third-string quarterback entering last week’s win over Jacksonville State, to string those positive plays together and avoid costly turnovers. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU football embraces next tough test at No. 5 Notre Dame," 10 Oct. 2020 The same dilemma hit Cleveland’s city school athletes, resulting in many to transfer to Shaw and other nearby schools including Cleveland Heights. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Roles rise for No. 13 Stow’s resounding OHSAA football playoff opener," 10 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With Clarke out, OSU is looking at several players to take over at left guard, including Portland State transfer Korbin Sorensen. oregonlive, "Oregon State offensive lineman Onesimus Clarke opts out of the 2020 football season," 14 Oct. 2020 That was the genesis of FC Cincinnati's third acquisition of the current transfer window, as FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam explained during his Tuesday news conference ahead of Wednesday's match against Columbus Crew SC. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati notebook: Jaap Stam discusses the Franko Kovačević transfer," 13 Oct. 2020 Wahi, in New Orleans, has a digital crush, a recent transfer student in one of her classes. Washington Post, "College students are still finding romance in a pandemic, through Zoom crushes and actual dates," 13 Oct. 2020 Brandon Rayzer-Moore, a transfer from Jeffersontown, is a big addition to the team. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Get to know Jeffersonville boys basketball's new head coach coach Andrew Grantz," 13 Oct. 2020 In Moala’s absence, Ohio State grad transfer Isaiah Pryor will be elevated as the backup to Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notebook: Brian Kelly demanding better from Notre Dame's defense against Louisville," 13 Oct. 2020 Among other uses, Infobip’s products allow people to use car-hailing services, for instance, by encrypting transfer data and keeping personal information private. Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Expansion Could Be Next Step for Croatian Unicorn Infobip," 12 Oct. 2020 He is being held in Pima County Jail on a $100,000 bond and awaiting transfer back to Stone County, Mississippi. Chloe Jones, The Arizona Republic, "Man wanted for child molestation in Mississippi arrested in Tucson," 12 Oct. 2020 While sanctioning around 60 million pounds in fees during this summer transfer window, Radrizzani assessed how other clubs spent after being promoted to the world's richest league. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Radrizzani replaces chaos with caution on Leeds' EPL return," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of transfer

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for transfer

Verb

Middle English transferren, from Anglo-French transferrer, from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry — more at bear

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Time Traveler for transfer

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The first known use of transfer was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for transfer

transfer

verb
How to pronounce transfer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transfer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move (someone or something) from one place to another
: to move (data, money, etc.) from one place to another electronically
: to cause (a disease, virus, etc.) to move from one living thing to another

transfer

noun
How to pronounce transfer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transfer (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or process of moving someone or something from one place to another
: a process by which one method, system, etc., is replaced by another
: the act or process of giving the property or rights of one person to another person

transfer

verb
trans·​fer | \ trans-ˈfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) \
transferred; transferring

Kids Definition of transfer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move from one person or place to another Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.
2 : to pass or cause to pass from one person, place, or condition to another If only he could transfer his thoughts to her mind.
3 : to move to a different place, region, or job I'm transferring to a smaller college.
4 : to give over the possession or ownership of He transferred the house to the new owners.
5 : to copy (as by printing) from one surface to another by contact
6 : to change from one vehicle or transportation line to another

transfer

noun
trans·​fer | \ ˈtrans-ˌfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) \

Kids Definition of transfer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of giving over right, title, or interest in property to another person or other persons
2 : an act or process of moving someone or something from one place to another
3 : someone who has changed schools
4 : a ticket allowing a passenger on a bus or train to continue the journey on another route without paying more fare

transfer

noun
trans·​fer | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) \

Medical Definition of transfer

2 : the carryover or generalization of learned responses from one type of situation to another — see negative transfer

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trans·​fer | \ trans-ˈfər, ˈtrans-ˌfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) \
transferred; transferring

Legal Definition of transfer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause a transfer of

Other Words from transfer

transferability \ trans-​ˌfər-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē, ˌtrans-​fər-​ How to pronounce transferability (audio) \ noun
transferable also transferrable \ trans-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transferrable (audio) \ adjective
transferor \ trans-​fər-​ˈȯr, trans-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transferor (audio) \ noun
transferral \ trans-​ˈfər-​əl \ noun

transfer

noun
trans·​fer | \ ˈtrans-ˌfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) \

Legal Definition of transfer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a conveyance of a right, title, or interest in real or personal property from one person or entity to another
2 : a passing of something from one to another transfer of venue the transfer of power

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