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
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

Although the 1912 federal Rivers and Harbors Act transferred authority to the Port of Portland Commission, the port was then so important nationally that the US Army Corps of Engineers maintained it. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 At the urging of the city, the restoration group signed a memorandum in which activists promised to raise the remaining funds and transfer all donations to the city. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Court cases demonstrate Sculley’s disregard for process," 11 July 2018 Navarro and her family learned a decade ago that José Antonio had been dug up and transferred to the Valley of the Fallen a week after it was unveiled. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 According to an arrest affidavit, a man in Michigan, told Orlando police someone had gained access to his computer and transferred money from his business account to his personal account. Maria Elena Vizcaino, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fraudster in Orlando tricked Michigan man into wiring $19K — twice, cops say," 11 July 2018 If the case transfers to another court, that court has to receive the paper folder to have the immigrant’s information and case documents. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego immigration court to pilot electronic filing system," 9 July 2018 Mr Sharif’s lawyers claimed that a Qatari investment fund had transferred the property to his children in 2006 to pay back a debt owed to his father, Mian Muhammad Sharif. The Economist, "The boss of Pakistan’s ruling party is sentenced to ten years in jail," 6 July 2018 Last year, the county school system declared the building surplus and transferred the site to the county government. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Harriet Tubman High School museum project shifts into higher gear," 3 July 2018 As part of its deal to buy hundreds of Rite Aid stores, Walgreens will soon close five Charlotte Rite Aid stores, and transfer the prescription records to nearby Walgreens stores. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Five Charlotte drugstores will soon close, but plans are in place to help customers," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But in simplifying the transfer of funds, payment apps have added layers to both sides of the equation and ballooned the number of opportunities for missteps. Kevin Mcallister, WSJ, "The Confusing World of Venmo Etiquette," 10 Feb. 2019 His links to Real Madrid caused some Atletico fans to protest against the transfer. Tales Azzoni, The Seattle Times, "Atletico Madrid signs Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea," 28 Jan. 2019 Sufficiently high levels of lithium result in the transfer of an electron to molybdenum (which in turn alters the structure of the material) and a boost of its conductance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 According to BuzzFeed News, after several months of research and investigation, The Herald published a story on October 30 detailing the transfer of five Har-Ber football players to Springdale High School, which is a nearby rival. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Arkansas High School Newspaper Suspended After Article About Football Player Transfers," 4 Dec. 2018 The transfer of remains between North Korea and the United States has not taken place since 2005. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "North Korean officials no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains," 12 July 2018 The Chicago Fire announced the acquisition of Serbian midfielder Aleksandar Katai on a permanent transfer, the club announced Wednesday. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Fire secure midfielder Katai on a permanent transfer," 11 July 2018 There were approximately 38 pension risk transfers worth through mid-November 2018, according to Pensions & Investments’ Research Center. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Lockheed Martin Offloads $2.6 Billion in Pension Liabilities," 29 Jan. 2019 Spark Joy’ and only transfer your spark joy items into this folder. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "How I KonMari’d My Inbox (and My Desktop, and My Phone)," 28 Jan. 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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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 \
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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