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

Trace McSorley's backup for three seasons—and his heir apparent—Tommy Stevens made the stunning decision to transfer to Mississippi State this spring. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 Preview: Can an Inexperienced Penn State Offense Find Its Footing?," 13 Aug. 2019 Internally, the Viper uses infrared light for its optical switches – rather than traditional mechanical switches – to transfer player's moves, slicing precious fractions of milliseconds from gesture to on-screen response. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Video game accessories let you fine tune the feel, sound and seat of your game," 13 Aug. 2019 Eight months later, the lockup remains so short-staffed that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is offering correctional officers a $10,000 bonus to transfer there from other federal lockups. Fox News, "Dr. Marc Siegel: Epstein death in NY prison under extremely tight security 'unusual'," 13 Aug. 2019 Riders will need to transfer Routes 86 or 26 if their destination is Keystone Crossing. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Construction is nearly done on the Red Line. New bus routes are coming soon.," 13 Aug. 2019 Eight months later, the jail remains so short-staffed that the Bureau of Prisons is offering guards a $10,000 bonus to transfer there from other federal lockups. Michael Balsamo, Twin Cities, "Questions swirl around Epstein’s monitoring before suicide," 12 Aug. 2019 Eight months later, the jail remains so short-staffed that the Bureau of Prisons is offering guards a $10,000 bonus to transfer there from other federal lockups. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AG says ‘irregularities’ found at jail where Epstein died," 12 Aug. 2019 Eight months later, the jail remains so short-staffed that the Bureau of Prisons is offering guards a $10,000 bonus to transfer there from other federal lockups. Michael Balsamo, The Denver Post, "Questions swirl around Jeffrey Epstein’s monitoring before suicide," 12 Aug. 2019 Eight months later, the lockup remains so short-staffed that the BOP is offering correctional officers a $10,000 bonus to transfer there from other federal lockups. Larry Neumeister, SFChronicle.com, "Federal prison agency comes under scrutiny," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By the end of March, Warren had raised about as much in the entire first quarter of 2019 ($6 million, not counting transfers from her 2018 Senate reelection) as Beto O’Rourke had collected during his first day in the race. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Arguing the World," 15 Aug. 2019 Add in transfers, such as Jiovanny Holmes from Bedford and a new quarterback from Switzerland, and the question is how fast can Cleveland Heights come together? Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Heights locked in after bitter end: 2019 football camp tour," 15 Aug. 2019 Dunleavy vetoed that annual transfer in June, but the Legislature sought to restore it, and the governor is now expected to agree. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy reverses budget veto and will allow state funding for Alaska Legal Services," 15 Aug. 2019 One of the most baffling things to happen in this summer's transfer market was no club activating Toby Alderweireld's £25m release clause. SI.com, "Man City vs Tottenham: Picking the Best Available Combined XI Ahead of Saturday's League Clash," 15 Aug. 2019 Clubs then began to view the transfer market as the best means to recoup their investments on players. Ini-obong Nkang, Quartz Africa, "Europe’s search for soccer’s next big star is driving a modern-day slave trade," 14 Aug. 2019 But at the end of the last campaign, Game Theory argued that a key reason for the successes of Manchester City and Liverpool was their cunning use of the transfer market—with a set of strategies that could easily be emulated. M.j., The Economist, "Man City’s and Liverpool’s rivals have copied their transfer strategy," 10 Aug. 2019 Paradise won't be easily attained by FC Cincinnati, which added Jans and two new players near the close of the secondary transfer window this week. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati, Columbus Crew SC ready to ignite 'Hell is Real' Derby rivalry in MLS," 9 Aug. 2019 Yet Guardiola and City now bridle at even innocuous suggestions that some of the club’s success can be attributed to its purchasing power in the transfer market. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Manchester City Looks Unbeatable. These Coaches Know It’s Not.," 8 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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