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 Former Ole Miss basketball player Blake Hinson told his hometown Daytona Beach (Florida) News-Journal that the Mississippi flag played a part in his decision to transfer to Iowa State. Washington Post, "Mississippi set to remove Confederate emblem from its flag," 28 June 2020 Those who had booked for camps that were cancelled have the option to transfer to a later date, hold their credit for later, request a refund, or donate their tuition to a scholarship fund. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Space Camp resumes this weekend after coronavirus shutdown," 28 June 2020 Former Ole Miss basketball player Blake Hinson told his hometown Daytona Beach (Florida) News-Journal that the Mississippi flag played a part in his decision to transfer to Iowa State. Fox News, "Mississippi close to removing Confederate battle emblem from its flag," 28 June 2020 The debt blocked her ability to get her transcript or transfer her credits to another institution — a practice employed by colleges and universities across the country. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new MATC scholarship program wipes out the debt of students who dropped out and gives them a second chance to graduate," 27 June 2020 Kimball coach Nick Smith confirmed reports from several recruiting websites that all-state point guard Arterio Morris plans to transfer from Kimball to a prep school — Prolific Prep in California. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Texas’ top three boys basketball recruits in Class of 2022 -- all Dallas-area players -- are transferring to new schools," 27 June 2020 Use a spatula, pastry blade or peel to transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. cleveland, "Homemade crackers: Who needs a box?," 25 June 2020 The Sun Devils, 20-11 in the shortened 2019-2020 season, had been looking for help in the paint after junior Romello White declared for the NBA draft, then subsequently opted to transfer to Mississippi. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU basketball adds Ukrainian power forward Pavlo Dziuba," 25 June 2020 Others could choose to transfer the statue in question to a museum, as is planned for the statues of Colston and a Leopold II statue that was recently removed by Belgian authorities in Antwerp. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Democratizing the Statue Debate," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Welker also raved about incoming junior transfer Casey Wellage, who previously played at Lakota East. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Mike Welker and Moeller soccer keeping high expectations with new wave of leaders," 25 June 2020 Jackson made a big impact in one year at Ohio State as a graduate transfer from Rutgers. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions sign third-round pick, Ohio State offensive guard Jonah Jackson," 24 June 2020 And try not to sit directly opposite someone for the same reason -- to reduce viral transfer. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Can Corporate America really change?," 23 June 2020 Stanford sprinter/hurdler Julian Body, a graduate of Jesuit High, goes to Washington as a grad-transfer. oregonlive, "Christian Coleman case highlights the intrusiveness of the anti-doping fight: Oregon track & field rundown," 22 June 2020 Former Buckeye receiver Jaelen Gill recently joined the Eagles as a transfer. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football moving Boston College series again after scheduling Alabama for 2027-28," 18 June 2020 Texas Tech added a graduate transfer at a position of need Tuesday from SEC power Alabama. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Texas Tech adds graduate transfer RB Chadarius Townsend from Alabama," 16 June 2020 As a graduate transfer, the 6-foot-7 forward will be immediately eligible for coach Eric Musselman’s program. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "Former IU basketball player Justin Smith makes transfer choice," 8 June 2020 Nelson was a junior transfer at UC in 1992, when a jury acquitted four L.A. policemen of beating King on a street not far from Nelson’s neighborhood, even as the event was caught on videotape. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Let's change the climate. For Tim McGee, Terry Nelson and all of us.," 2 June 2020

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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

1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer. Accessed 12 Jul. 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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