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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb David Zionts, al-Hela's lawyer, said on Thursday that an order from a federal civil court would put additional pressure on the US government to figure out where and how to transfer him. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Runners who signed up for the event were given the option to obtain a refund, defer their registration to 2022 or transfer it to another race, including the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in Chicago on Nov. 7. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2021 Do not prepare infant formula with hot water in a plastic bottle—use a glass bottle and transfer it over to the plastic one once the liquid reaches room temperature. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 Sep. 2021 Taxpayer has a life insurance policy in her name and wishes to transfer it to an ILIT to remove it from her taxable estate. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Cook, stirring once or twice, and as tomatoes begin to pop and release their juices, use a slotted spoon to press each down gently to release even more of their juice, then transfer them to a plate. Beth Segal, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 More recently, the complaint says, Boyle undertook maneuvers to improperly divest the fraternity and its membership of their most significant asset — the chapter house — and transfer it into the foundation. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 Store the beef in the pot or transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate up to four days, or until ready to use in the Za’atar Beef Cheeks With Fennel and Mango Salad. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Using the parchment overhang as slings, lift out the cake and transfer it to a cutting board. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once an item sells, clients can receive a store credit to Net-A-Porter with a 10% bonus or a bank transfer for the sale price. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2021 Jerreth Sterns, who leads the nation with averages of 10 catches and 136.5 receiving yards per game, is also a Houston Baptist transfer. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Oct. 2021 Freshman Landon Jones and senior transfer Kaden Pierce split time at QB. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 5 Oct. 2021 But if Dike continues to thrive — first on the pitch, then in the transfer market — the team’s gamble will pay off in droves. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 Iran has also offered to facilitate a nonmilitary version of a ship-to-ship transfer. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 The returning core that includes a gifted scorer in Juzang, an elite playmaker in Tyger Campbell and a gritty guard in Jaime Jaquez Jr. has been bolstered by the arrival of top prospect Peyton Watson and graduate transfer Myles Johnson. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 No reason to put on the brakes in planning for ways to minimize increased transfer taxes. Steve Parrish, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Mazda's electric G-Vectoring Control Plus, which adjusts torque and braking at barely perceptible levels to control weight transfer and improve handling feel. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 4 Oct. 2021

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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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transfer

verb

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 : transmit

transfer

noun

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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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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