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

c : transform, change

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

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

He was transferred from federal prison to county jail last month. Fox News, "Lawyer: Suspect in Tulsa-area bomb denied correct medication," 13 July 2018 There they were transferred to a train that took them across the country to Chicago. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s how two 'ordinary' Milwaukee-area men created a unique, dual-wheeled bicycle. The next challenge? Trying to sell them.," 11 July 2018 They were later transferred to Glencore at Gecamines’ request. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Former BP CEO to Steer Glencore’s Response to U.S. Subpoena," 11 July 2018 That same day, she was transferred to the Port Isabel Detention center in Los Fresnos. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Immigrant mother separated from her daughters reaches out with a letter," 10 July 2018 In 1960, he was transferred by the Travelers to the Home Office in Hartford. courant.com, "Leslie M. Dow," 8 July 2018 About two weeks later, she was transferred, along with about 200 others in ICE custody, to the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, and later to the Tacoma detention center. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Mom seeking asylum released in Washington state, but can’t see her son yet," 8 July 2018 But once a rendering is close to being fully fleshed out, it can then be transferred to VR — which offers some tantalizing architectural possibilities. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "How architects are using virtual reality to walk through buildings that don't yet exist," 3 July 2018 They're then carefully transferred onto a transport boat. CBS News, "Inside the effort to save the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

About 100 of 350 total pilots in the Irish airline’s home country walked out Thursday, citing demands for a more transparent system for promotions, transfers, and pilot pay. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Ryanair Pilots Strike, Causing Cancelations Just as Tourist Season Takes Off," 12 July 2018 More transfers, both incoming and outgoing, are expected in the coming weeks. SI.com, "Barcelona Confirm €35.9m Signing of Talented Sevilla Centre-Back Clement Lenglet," 12 July 2018 The Ronaldo transfer, which will cost Juventus €100 million ($117 million), might also prove a boon to Italian soccer. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Cristiano Ronaldo to Join Italy’s Juventus in $117 Million Deal," 10 July 2018 Once melted, transfer the chocolate to a tall glass, like a juice glass. Fox News, "Justin Warner is cooking with Post Dream Cereals," 30 June 2018 The transfer of ports including Libya’s biggest, Es Sider, threatened to unsettle markets just days after OPEC agreed to raise output. Grant Smith, Bloomberg.com, "Oil Gains as Harder U.S. Stance on Iran Overshadows Saudi Pledge," 27 June 2018 The Palestinian Authority transfers over a billion shekel a year to terrorists who murdered Israeli civilians and to the families of terrorists who were killed. Ariel Kahana, Jewish Journal, "Lawmakers back tougher version of terrorist wages bill," 27 June 2018 The widespread security issues pose a major challenge to Buhari, a Muslim former military ruler who won office in a democratic transfer of power in 2015, as elections approach next year. Sam Olukoya, The Seattle Times, "Report: 86 killed in Nigeria as farmers, herders clash," 25 June 2018 Mnangagwa, a longtime Mugabe ally whose firing as his deputy after a ruling party feud led to the transfer of power, is under pressure to deliver a credible vote that Western countries see as key to lifting international sanctions. Farai Mutsaka, The Christian Science Monitor, "Zimbabwe officials say 'nothing will stop' election after rally blast," 25 June 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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Phrases Related to transfer

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More Definitions for transfer

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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