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

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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 Custody was transferred and she was charged with driving under suspension again, as well as a citation for having too much tint on her windows. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Four companies called off after house fire call turns out to be open burn: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 7 Feb. 2020 Anyone showing symptoms will be transferred for further evaluation, Messonnier said, and won’t be able to complete their connecting flights to other locations. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Are coronavirus patients headed to DFW Airport? Here’s what airlines and health officials are doing," 3 Feb. 2020 That excess, amounting to Rs52,637 crore ($7 billion), could be immediately transferred out and be reclassified as income. Cp Chandrasekhar, Quartz India, "India’s central bank may not have any golden eggs for the Modi government this budget," 30 Jan. 2020 But the judicial reforms also allowed inmates to file appeals against being transferred to other prisons, and in recent years authorities have blamed those appeals — and judges who grant them — for prison escapes, and deadly prison riots. Washington Post, "3 inmates facing US extradition driven out of Mexican jail," 30 Jan. 2020 Sowers transferred from Hesston College in her hometown of Hesston, Kansas, and was a three-sport athlete in basketball, soccer and track & field at Goshen. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know about 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers heading into Super Bowl LIV," 30 Jan. 2020 These new ignitions then begin burning, transferring heat, and producing new ignitions, etc. Jayme Moye, Popular Mechanics, "Our Parents Told Us Not to Play With Fire. Thankfully, These Scientists Didn’t Listen.," 30 Jan. 2020 Stabilization of prices and supply happened because industry participants could transfer risk and achieve predictable pricing while speculators could find trading opportunities. Jeff Feldman, Fortune, "Why it’s time for a futures market in health care," 16 Jan. 2020 And had Tony Romo transferred to LSU or Georgia or Alabama or Oklahoma, you would've known who Tony Romo is. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Colin Cowherd: 'Joe Burrow is Tony Romo'; Ohio State not a big school," 16 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those weapons were also determined to be of Iranian origin and assessed to be destined for the Houthis in Yemen – a violation of UN Security Council Resolution that prohibits direct or indict supply, sale, or transfer of weapons to the Houthis. Fox News, "US warship seizes Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, Navy says," 14 Feb. 2020 The shipment would be a direct violation of a United Nations Security Council Resolution forbidding the supply, sale, or transfer of weapons to the Houthis, an armed militia group that is bolstered by Iran in its fight against Saudi Arabia. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "US warship seizes large missile shipment from Iran thought to be bound for Yemen rebels," 13 Feb. 2020 According to the report, North Korea used barges to export millions of tons of commodities like coal -- via ship-to-ship transfers to Chinese vessels -- to earn money for its weapons programs. Richard Roth, CNN, "Once again, North Korea is accused of enhancing its nuclear and missile programs despite UN sanctions," 11 Feb. 2020 And, in fact, some of the most popular items on the current Democratic agenda are wealth transfers to people who are relatively well-off and in some cases very well-off. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Comforting the Comfortable," 10 Feb. 2020 The Hamilton Heights and Sheridan school districts are growing popular with transfer students from neighboring Hamilton County communities. Mj Slaby, Indianapolis Star, "Why Hamilton County students transfer from larger schools to Hamilton Heights," 6 Feb. 2020 The Gateway2NKU program started in 2013, has graduated 465 Gateway transfer students so far, according to the release. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky University makes college free for students graduating from 6 high schools," 5 Feb. 2020 These data are necessary to liberate people to obtain second opinions, transfer to a new doctor, see results, avoid unnecessary testing, correct mistakes, participate in some types of research, and much more. Harlan M. Krumholz, STAT, "An ‘Epic’ pushback as U.S. prepares for new era of empowering patient health data," 27 Jan. 2020 These include transfer students, non-traditional students, and those who attend university regional campuses. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "7 Ohio colleges fall far below average for percent of low-income students with Pell grants," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=transf03. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for transfer

transfer

verb
How to pronounce transfer (audio)

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
How to pronounce transfer (audio)

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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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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