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 According to Quintero’s relatives, Jaime was carrying out his compulsory military service, and disappeared after falling out with Zapateiro, who wanted to transfer him to another base due to his unruly behavior. Washington Post, "Colombian soccer star seeks answers on disappeared father," 31 Dec. 2019 Use a spatula to transfer them to the bowls of rice. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Namu Gaji’s Kimchi Fried Rice," 31 Dec. 2019 Arquillo lay for another hour until another inmate alerted a different officer and, by the time jail staff transferred him to MetroHealth, Arquillo was pronounced dead of a drug overdose. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "A look back at Cleveland’s, Northeast Ohio’s major court cases of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 Let the tart sit in the oven for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack on the counter to cool completely. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Desserts that bring the party, but not the fuss," 21 Dec. 2019 Stoll has a PhD in planetary astronomy and had intended to make stargazing his career before Lawrence Berkeley transferred him—not entirely voluntarily—into the IT department. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Meet The Mad Scientist Who Wrote the Book on How to Hunt Hackers," 18 Dec. 2019 Prado said in an interview that his bosses had reprimanded him for losing the gun and transferred him to an unarmed position. USA Today, "Security giant G4S has lost hundreds of guns. Here’s where we found them," 16 Dec. 2019 When the cookies are done, use a wide metal spatula to remove them from the baking tray, transferring them to a wire rack to cool. Wolfgang Puck, chicagotribune.com, "Chocolate coconut cookies have intriguing spice notes," 11 Dec. 2019 In September, representatives with the Hall of Fame removed many of the items featured inside the home and transferred them to Cooperstown, N.Y., for safekeeping. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Mobile approaches 9th inning on solutions for Hank Aaron Stadium," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The grad transfer point guard from St. Joseph's was in control of the offense with 12 points and brought the Cardinals back from the brink with an acrobatic layup to tie the game with 10.6 seconds left in regulation. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Could Fresh Kimble's breakout at UK be a sign of things to come for Louisville basketball?," 2 Jan. 2020 Personnel matters: James Hudson and Bryan Cook, both transfers who did not receive an NCAA waiver for eligibility in the regular-season, each made their Cincinnati debuts. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Desmond Ridder stars, UC football crushes Boston College for Birmingham Bowl victory," 2 Jan. 2020 But senior guard New Williams, an Auburn transfer, was held to five on 2 of 12 shooting. Los Angeles Times, "San Diego State improves to 14-0 with defeat of Fresno State," 1 Jan. 2020 The Buckeyes hit it big last season bringing in immediately eligible transfers. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "After J.K. Dobbins’ NFL Draft decision, Ohio State’s 2020 running back hopes rely on Master Teague and youth," 31 Dec. 2019 Some skeptics are already projecting that his departure will bring LSU back to reality next season when it’s sophomore backup Myles Brennan, a transfer or a freshman running the show. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Why LSU could be on verge of most impressive season in college football history," 31 Dec. 2019 There's a growing trend in college football where the loser of quarterback competitions often transfers to a different school. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Joe Milton has worked all season to become the next starting QB," 30 Dec. 2019 Ali Akbar Salehi explained on state TV that the secondary circuit transfers heat to the reactor's cooling system, adding that the entire reactor system will go online in 2021. Fox News, "Iran starts new development on heavy water nuclear reactor, official says," 24 Dec. 2019 The proposal, which also eliminates the $1.50 bus-to-rail transfer fee and maintains Metrobus fare prices, has won over many riders but remains months away from a vote. Justin George, Washington Post, "Metro’s mobile fare payment system coming in 2020," 13 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for transfer

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The first known use of transfer was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transfer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transferrable. Accessed 17 January 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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