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

In 1993, he was transferred to the narcotics division and promoted to detective two years later. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Luis Alvarez, a Hero to Fellow 9/11 Responders, Is Laid to Rest," 3 July 2019 Italian state radio said Carola Rackete was being escorted Monday from the tiny island of Lampedusa to a port in Sicily, where she will be transferred to a courtroom in the town of Agrigento. Washington Post, "Migrant rescue ship captain heads to Italian court hearing," 1 July 2019 He was transferred to the OHSU Hospital overnight and was expected to be released Sunday morning. oregonlive.com, "Shooting at Hillsboro house party leaves one injured," 30 June 2019 Nunez was 46 when he was transferred into county jail from Patton State Hospital in 2015. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newly unsealed records show lapses in treatment, oversight in San Diego County jails," 30 June 2019 Government laws call for migrant children to be kept by Border Patrol for no more than 72 hours before they are transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services, which houses the minors in facilities across the country. Fox News, "Hundreds of migrant children reportedly moved from Border Patrol facility in Texas following claims of neglect, mistreatment," 25 June 2019 Unable to find a home in Cleveland on short notice, it was transferred to the arts center in Chicago in 2016. cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was killed finds temporary home in Chicago," 23 June 2019 Government rules call for the children to be held by the Border Patrol for no longer than 72 hours before they are transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services, which houses migrant youth in facilities around the country. Garance Burke, Fortune, "A Dangerous Situation Is Unfolding for Kids at Border Detention Site, Lawyers Say," 20 June 2019 When he was transferred in 1961 to Little Rock., Ark., Mrs. Maguire took refresher courses so she could be licensed in that state. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Mary B. Maguire, registered nurse, dies," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another day, another Manchester United transfer saga. SI.com, "Diogo Dalot: Letting the Portuguese Star Leave Would Be the Biggest Mistake Man Utd Make This Summer," 3 July 2019 With transfer Jordan Whittley next to his side, Oregon State’s defensive line should perform at a noticeably higher level this season. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football, top 19 players for 2019: No. 19, Elu Aydon," 3 July 2019 Eventually, her son was put on a flight to Stockholm – but had an international transfer in Denmark, Berg said. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "An airline put an unaccompanied boy on a flight to Germany. He was supposed be on a flight to Sweden.," 3 July 2019 UConn’s Class of 2019 includes Bouknight, point guard Jalen Gaffney and wing Akok Akok, with transfer RJ Cole and another scholarship to offer. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn newcomer James Bouknight has the talent, Dan Hurley just wants to get his motor humming," 3 July 2019 And here's the, ahem, kicker: The transfer rate bacteria from shoes to clean tiles was 90% to 99%. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Leave your shoes at the door: Science says they're covered in poop and could make you sick," 3 July 2019 As with Morse code, there are theoretical limits on the richness and speed of information transfer. Ryan Dalton, Scientific American, "Decoding the Language of Neurons," 2 July 2019 The 168-year-old money transfer company provides service to customers in 200-plus countries. Fortune, "Western Union," 1 July 2019 This transfer was done on the understanding Hong Kong would have more relaxed administrative and economic laws than the Chinese mainland. NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters clash with police on anniversary of Chinese rule," 1 July 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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More Definitions for transfer

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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