transfer

verb
trans·​fer | \ tran(t)s-ˈfər, 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 \

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 \ noun
transferable or less commonly transferrable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
transferal \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​əl \ noun
transferrer \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for transfer

Synonyms: Verb

alien, alienate, assign, cede, convey, deed, make over

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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

Use overhangs to transfer to a cutting board and cut into 9 bars. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cranberry Crumb Bars," 30 Oct. 2018 Use tongs to transfer the ramekins to a rimmed baking sheet, then carefully remove foil. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Savory Bread Pudding," 16 Aug. 2018 This suggests that these families had yet to be transferred to detention facilities (under ICE care) or kids shelters (under HHS), and were still in the processing phase when they were separated and, apparently, reunited. Staff And Wire Report, San Antonio Express-News, "Unclear math: HHS has 2,047 children; full US count lacking," 26 June 2018 Desperate, the remaining 750 residents at Holot, where the men had been transferred from, embarked on a hunger strike. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 The company says these are popular among commuters from outside London, who can take a train to work and no longer have to transfer to a Tube train or a bus. The Economist, "Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities," 21 June 2018 New York became a focal point in the controversy over migrant children separated from their parents on Wednesday after local officials revealed that more than 200 of those children have been transferred to facilities in the state. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Protesters Gather at LaGuardia Airport as Separated Children Arrive in New York," 21 June 2018 But if a child has been transferred out of a government shelter – including if the child has been deported – agency representatives won't give any information. The Christian Science Monitor, "Next hurdle at the border: how to reunite children with families," 21 June 2018 The city will also not have to transfer money from its general fund to shore up its water and sewer fund next year. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace council adopts fiscal 2019 budget with utility rate increases, no property tax rate increase," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Before this allegation arose two weeks ago, I was required to start making certain administrative preparations for my possible transfer to the Supreme Court, just in case I was confirmed. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 Before this allegation arose two weeks ago, I was required to start making certain administrative preparations for my possible transfer to the supreme court just in case I was confirmed. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Before this allegation arose two weeks ago, I was required to start making certain administrative preparations for my possible transfer to the Supreme Court, just in case I was confirmed. Fox News, "Brett Kavanaugh's full opening testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 Our airport transfer was a helicopter—even pilots enjoy being flown around from time to time! Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #2," 14 Sep. 2018 Micheli was ordered released to the custody of the D.C. corrections department for transfer to a halfway house on May 2. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "An alleged murder by absconding inmate prompts relocation of D.C. Jail prisoners to Virginia," 13 July 2018 The port also handled more large shipping containers than ever before, hauling 90,152 20-foot containers meant for easier transfer between ships, trucks and railroads. Gal Tziperman Lotan, baltimoresun.com, "Port of Baltimore plans expansion for growing car shipments," 10 July 2018 People familiar with the situation say plans to move corrections officers to Phoenix and Graterford in preparation for the inmate transfer were put on hold earlier this month, ending the likelihood the state could open the prison by June 30. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Pa.'s $400 million prison opening delayed," 29 June 2018 The senior transfer leads the nation in total offense per game (381.7), passing yards per game (373.1), completions per game (36.0), is second in passing yards and is fifth in touchdown passes (36). Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew wins Johnny Unitas Award," 3 Dec. 2018

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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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transfer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transfer

: 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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \
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-​ \ noun
transferable also transferrable \ trans-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
transferor \ trans-​fər-​ˈȯr, trans-​ˈfər-​ər \ noun
transferral \ trans-​ˈfər-​əl \ noun

transfer

noun
trans·​fer | \ ˈtrans-ˌfər \

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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