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

Other Words from transfer

Verb

transferability \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌfər-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ noun
transferable or less commonly transferrable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ adjective
transferal \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​əl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ noun
transferrer \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transfer (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Notably, transfer Justin Daniels, a 6-5 guard, whose brother is former UConn player DeAndre Daniels, who was part of the Huskies' 2014 national championship team. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2022 Under the memorandum of understanding, signed in March, a short-term solution would transfer the oil from the Safer to another ship. Ellen Francis, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 During this same week, the council voted to deny the school system’s request to transfer funds out of its transportation budget. Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 16 June 2022 Now all athletes can transfer one time as an undergraduate and play with no questions asked. San Francisco Chronicle, 16 June 2022 This effect will likely transfer to the workplace, even if the accused isn’t a world-famous movie star. Tom Spiggle, Forbes, 15 June 2022 But property managers did not transfer Russell to a different apartment and even leased another unit in the building to a new family. Alan Judd, ajc, 13 June 2022 Taste and season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a platter, mounding it to one side. Wipe out the skillet. Christopher Kimball, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 After 15 minutes, transfer to the refrigerator for an hour to overnight. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Called preimplantation genetic testing, or PGT, the process involves making embryos through IVF and peering into the embryos’ DNA, then selecting only those without the mutation for transfer into a womb. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 8 June 2022 While all-wheel drive is standard, true off-roaders will need to pay more for the SUV's available low-range transfer case and locking rear differential. Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, 7 June 2022 LSU Tigers basketball transfer Shareef O'Neal is eligible for the 2022 NBA draft after being listed as a withdrawal from the draft pool, The Athletic reported Monday. Nick Gray, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 Almost immediately, the two began talking about developing an African money transfer app. Jeff Kauflin, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The acquisition of Buksa also sets a record for a Lens transfer purchase, according to the Transfermarkt website. Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 The Arizona Interscholastic Association's transfer rule on a first move makes players ineligible the first half of the season, unless the family is able to present a hardship appeal. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2022 Ohio State, Maryland, UCLA, Arizona, Notre Dame, Iowa, Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, BYU, DePaul, UNLV, Nebraska, Kansas State and Memphis were also linked to Brooks as possible transfer destinations. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 6 June 2022 The 2019 law requires the colleges to direct students away from remedial education — which often does not count toward degree or transfer credits. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2022 See More

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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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transfeminine

transfer

transferable vote

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20 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for transfer

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

transfer

transitive verb
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 transfer (audio) \ noun
transferable also transferrable \ trans-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ adjective
transferor \ trans-​fər-​ˈȯr, trans-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transfer (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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