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 transfer (audio) \ noun
transferable or less commonly transferrable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ adjective
transferal \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​əl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ noun
transferrer \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transfer (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 The city will then acquire the property and then transfer it back to ICP. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron City Council approves Chapel Hill Mall redevelopment agreement calling for $1.5 million in incentives for likely office park," 2 Mar. 2021 The purchase of any kind of insurance is essentially a decision to not only anticipate inherent risk but also transfer it – no surprise there. Clark Twiddy, Forbes, "Understanding How The Pandemic Changed Travel Insurance Demand," 25 Feb. 2021 Under law, the Border Patrol can keep children in custody for up to 72 hours and then must transfer them to shelters around the country that are licensed to care for children. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Biden Administration Reopens Facility for Migrant Children: What to Know," 25 Feb. 2021 Use the shears to cut the bread into 1-inch squares and transfer them to a large bowl. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Your own toasted pita chips are identical to the ones you can buy," 16 Feb. 2021 Date-specific park reservations will continue to be required, but after going to that park, annual passholders and folks who paid for the park-hopping option with their day tickets will be able to transfer to a second park after 2 p.m. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Theme parks in 2021: Coasters, cars, fests, reopenings and crossed fingers," 31 Dec. 2020 This year, with courses moved online, Martinez was able to transfer to the full-time Acceleration Academy. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska students share their secrets to distance learning success," 28 Dec. 2020 This offseason should be even busier than normal, as college athletes will be able to transfer without having to sit a season -- a wrinkle that is almost certain to increase the number of people who explore that route. Dallas News, "College football 2021 recruiting hub: See where area schools stand after national signing day," 17 Dec. 2020 The passengers aboard the flight were able to transfer to another airplane that took off for Kahului at 11:18 a.m. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, "Hawaiian Airlines flight makes emergency landing over engine malfunction," 9 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The judge denied their emergency request to block the transfer. NBC News, "Sacred Apache land 'on death row' in standoff with foreign mining titans," 3 Mar. 2021 Historic debts, reported by Spanish newspaper El Mundo to be more than one billion dollars, forced Barcelona into a fire sale of some of the most important figures in its playing squad during the summer transfer window. Matias Grez, CNN, "Chaos, scandal and anger: Barcelona faces seminal presidential elections," 3 Mar. 2021 This handset would not feature a Lightning port for battery charging and data transfer, which is what Lightning does on all iPhones and most iPads. Chris Smith, BGR, "Apple might replace the iPhone’s Lightning port with something much better," 3 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut reintroduced legislation Tuesday that would require universal background checks on the sale or transfer of all firearms. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House Democrats charge ahead with progressive bills likely to stall Senate," 3 Mar. 2021 Similar transfer taxes are in effect in Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose and Richmond. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yes, San Francisco may charge higher taxes on sales of higher-priced properties, court affirms," 2 Mar. 2021 By 2017, government transfer payments rose to constitute more than 91% of their $49,613 average income. Phil Gramm And Pat Toomey, WSJ, "Trump’s Protectionist Failure," 2 Mar. 2021 Northern Virginia is known for its close dual-enrollment ties with local high schools as well as a transfer program that sends thousands to George Mason University and other public universities for bachelor’s degrees. Washington Post, "Community colleges at a crossroads: Enrollment is plummeting, but political clout is growing," 2 Mar. 2021 The grad transfer has also scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and nine of his last 10. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Between the men and women’s basketball teams, a total of 10 Cougars earn WCC honors," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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Last Updated

4 Mar 2021

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“Transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 transfer (audio) \ noun
transferable also transferrable \ trans-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ adjective
transferor \ trans-​fər-​ˈȯr, trans-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transfer (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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