transfer

verb
trans·​fer | \tran(t)s-ˈfər, 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

c : transform, change

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 \

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 \ noun
transferable or less commonly transferrable \tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
transferal \tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​əl \ noun
transferrer \tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ər \ 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

One sticking point in the talks was the company’s recent asset shuffling involving MyTheresa, the valuable international e-commerce business that was transferred to Neiman’s parent company, the people familiar said. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "Neiman Marcus Ends Restructuring Talks Without Deal," 29 Nov. 2018 The trial against the remaining three inmates resumed with testimony from Royal Downs, a former Baltimore gang leader who was transferred to Delaware to serve a life sentence for a 1995 murder conviction. Randall Chase, The Seattle Times, "Man called ‘mastermind’ of prison riot severed from trial," 30 Oct. 2018 Three of the four U.S. service members were transferred for medical treatment while the fourth received medical care on the spot, the Washington Post reported. Fox News, "'Enemy attack' in Somalia leaves 1 US soldier dead, 4 wounded," 2 Oct. 2018 The tug requested assistance, and the migrants were transferred to the Diciotti. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 12, 2018," 12 July 2018 Police used a dog to subdue the man, who was transferred to a local hospital for treatment for a dog bite. Pauline Repard And City News Service, latimes.com, "Oceanside firefighter escapes injury in knife attack," 6 July 2018 Of the 124 cases that were transferred to juvenile court, 61 resulted in the youth being committed to juvenile services, while the rest were either given probation or the charges were dismissed. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Report: Baltimore juvenile arrests down 46%, but more youths charged with violent crimes," 28 June 2018 Skinner was transferred Monday out of intensive care at VCU Medical Center, the sheriff said. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Va. Mom Shoots Man Who Allegedly Flew from New Zealand to See Her Daughter, 14, Who'd Quit Messaging Him Online," 26 June 2018 Some personnel at facilities closing down were being transferred to other sites, the current and former employees said. NBC News, "Tesla set to close a dozen solar facilities in nine states," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the runway, the effect appeared as a gleaming second skin from another time—and doubled as a great holiday beauty hack for the intrepid partygoer (who happens to have a transfer-resistant wardrobe). Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "At Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Runway Show, Airbrushed Gold Legs Ruled the Runway," 5 Dec. 2018 These include transfer learning, where knowledge in one domain is applied to another, and unsupervised learning, where systems learn without human direction. James Vincent, The Verge, "This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved," 27 Nov. 2018 In pure engineering terms, making that technology transfer has always been difficult. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 Bake until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes; transfer to plate. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Squash Panzanella," 24 Oct. 2018 According to its website, this support also comes from hundreds of individual coils that help to cradle the body while also limiting motion transfer. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "This Bed-in-a-Box Mattress Gave Me the Best Beauty Sleep of My Life," 30 Aug. 2018 The 28-year-old joins free transfers Jack Wilshere and Ryan Fredericks, veteran goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and young promising centre-back Issa Diop on the Hammers summer arrivals list. SI.com, "New West Ham Signing Reveals Excitement at Premier League Arrival After Tough Time With Dortmund," 13 July 2018 Nine days after the transfer of the embryo, the patient will take a pregnancy test. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Further Reading Visitor from another solar system accelerated away from the Sun The new paper investigates the possibility of solar radiation pressure, or the momentum transfer of photons striking an object. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Predictably, online media go nuts over ‘Oumuamua and Harvard scientists," 6 Nov. 2018

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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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transfer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transfer

: 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 \
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 \

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 \

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 \
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-​ \ noun
transferable also transferrable \trans-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
transferor \trans-​fər-​ˈȯr, trans-​ˈfər-​ər \ noun
transferral \trans-​ˈfər-​əl \ noun

transfer

noun
trans·​fer | \ˈtrans-ˌfər \

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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