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 Some products claim that because silk contains amino acids, sleeping on a silk pillowcase will transfer them into the skin and hair; doctors say this isn’t true. Washington Post, "Silk pillowcases may provide some hair and skin benefits, but they’re not miracle workers," 6 Apr. 2021 Fees to buy the cryptocurrency ether, to transfer it to my crypto wallet, and to execute a purchase, which included an eye-popping mining charge due to congestion on the network. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "High fees and pricey cowboy boots: Why crypto spending isn't about to go mainstream," 4 Apr. 2021 Unmold the cake and transfer it to a serving plate. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 1 Apr. 2021 Spread the mixture on the chicken and transfer it to a zipper plastic bag. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: In this ‘dirty’ version of Syrian bulgur with chicken, a cookbook author turns the traditional dish on its head," 30 Mar. 2021 Border officials are opting to release most families directly into the United States with notices to appear in immigration court rather than transfer them to ICE, only to have to release people three weeks later. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Extreme overcrowding: Border Patrol tent in Donna, Texas, holding 5,700 migrants despite 250-person capacity," 30 Mar. 2021 Dan says a guy once approached him with an offer to lift up the entire garden and transfer it to a safer place inside his private museum in Los Angeles. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Owner of Point Loma seashell garden house turns 101," 24 Mar. 2021 The Biden Administration has been scrambling to deal with a surge in child migrants in particular -- with officials moving to expand capacity to house and transfer them. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Texas members of congress demand lawsuit against Biden for border 'crisis'," 16 Mar. 2021 Federal regulations prohibit placing children in C.B.P. custody for more than seventy-two hours; the agency is supposed to immediately transfer them to O.R.R. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Biden Has Few Good Options for the Unaccompanied Children at the Border," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That move came less than two weeks after Reuvers entered the transfer portal and appeared to be looking for a school at which to play one more season. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former UW players on the move: Nate Reuvers opts to turn pro; Trevor Anderson transferring to Valparaiso," 8 Apr. 2021 While players who enter the transfer portal are permitted to rescind their names and return to their schools, the program is no longer obligated to honor the scholarship. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland men’s basketball guard Aquan Smart enters transfer portal," 8 Apr. 2021 That happens next season, and assuming there isn’t a major rush to the transfer portal and junior big Trevion Williams takes another step, Matt Painter’s bunch is going to be a handful. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "Purdue basketball is way up there in way-too-early 2021-22 rankings," 7 Apr. 2021 Freshman guard Earl Timberlake is still in the transfer portal, and freshman forward Matt Cross parted ways with the program midseason. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Former Miami Hurricanes G Chris Lykes has transfer destination," 7 Apr. 2021 Taylor Chavez, who averaged 4.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 19.0 minutes over 19 games with nine starts this season has entered the transfer portal, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. oregonlive, "Oregon women’s basketball guard Taylor Chavez enters transfer portal," 7 Apr. 2021 Expect to see Baylor exploring the transfer portal for some experience in the backcourt or on the wing. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "What's next for Baylor men's basketball after capturing program's first national title?," 7 Apr. 2021 Arizona State freshman forward Pavlo Dziuba has entered the transfer portal becoming the fourth scholarship player to do so since the season ended. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU freshman Pavlo Dziuba enters transfer portal," 7 Apr. 2021 The Detroit native entered the transfer portal last week. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Tom Izzo: Michigan State basketball lands 'crafty' point guard in transfer Tyson Walker," 7 Apr. 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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9 Apr 2021

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“Transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer. Accessed 10 Apr. 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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