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

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

The motion in the Shakman case, which was filed Friday, also states Yarbrough has adopted a policy that will transfer vital records supervisors who have served years in suburban offices to different branches. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation, wants court oversight," 11 Sep. 2019 Having already demonstrated his goalscoring ability during his season-long loan spell with Leeds United, Nketiah transferred that form over to the international stage with a brace in his side's win over Turkey. SI.com, "How Arsenal Players Got on During September International Break," 11 Sep. 2019 And humidity is rising, which transfers heat more efficiently to the ice. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 When $120,000 intended for a business was accidentally transferred into their BB&T bank account because of a teller error, the couple splurged on a camper, a Chevy, and a racecar, state trooper Aaron Brown told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. BostonGlobe.com, "AIM has new government affairs head," 11 Sep. 2019 After his sophomore year, Haddad decided to move back to his home state, transferred to Butler and waited for his chance to crouch behind the plate. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel's Radley Haddad: Rise from Brebeuf to Butler to the New York Yankees," 10 Sep. 2019 On the positive side, there may be no bigger surprise than the Heisman Trophy-level play of Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who across two games since transferring from Alabama has more touchdowns, nine, than incomplete passes, seven. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Early surprises - both good and bad - after two full weeks of the college football season," 10 Sep. 2019 Later that spring, DOC began transferring inmates to MacDougall-Walker, leaving Northern with a projected population of 75 inmates, made up of people on death row, held in administrative segregation, or in need of special care. Kelan Lyons, courant.com, "Prisoner population tumbles at maximum-security Northern Correctional Institution," 9 Sep. 2019 Creating the tax breaks By transferring the intellectual property to the Dutch subsidiary, Uber also created a massive tax break. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Uber Could Save Billions in Taxes With This Little-Noticed Move," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The suspects would impersonate a key employee to make a transfer after gaining access to the victim’s email account, or perhaps sensitive employment or tax records, often through romance or lottery scams, according to the department. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Computer-assisted fraud: Hundreds arrested in worldwide crackdown against scam romances, lotteries," 10 Sep. 2019 Williams' flip led Kentucky to pursue Wilson as a junior-college transfer. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "A look at the QB turnover that paved the way for Sawyer Smith to start for Kentucky," 9 Sep. 2019 From there, the senator is intent on ending life sentences for children, ending the solitary confinement of children, and ending the transfer of children to adult prisons. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Kamala Harris Releases Plan To Overhaul Criminal Justice System," 9 Sep. 2019 One of the Tigers’ sacks came from defensive end Ronald Johnson, a transfer from Michigan. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Tom Flacco’s 3 TD passes lead Towson in 42-3 victory over North Carolina Central," 8 Sep. 2019 Forward Casey Martinez, from Duke, was ASU's fourth leading scorer last season as a graduate transfer. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Transfer Lorato Sargeant quickly becoming ASU soccer field general," 6 Sep. 2019 And Hayden Goodsell, a junior transfer from Lake Howell, debuted in an Oviedo uniform with a personal best time of 17:37.98 at the Early Hawk Invitational. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Boys cross country: Windermere wants FHSAA state championship," 6 Sep. 2019 Porter, a transfer from Texas, scored the Cougars' first points of the season on a 23-yard pass from King with 4:58 left in the second quarter. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH gets trampled by Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma in season opener," 1 Sep. 2019 Boca Raton lost star quarterback Michael Pratt to a transfer to Deerfield, and Spanish River had a tumultuous offseason. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Projecting how Broward teams will fare this season -- district-by-district for Classes 8A-5A; by region for 4A-1A," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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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

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 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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