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

Gioia said the county will tap into reserve funds from AB109, a 2011 bill that realigned the state’s criminal justice system by transferring the incarceration of lower-level offenders from state prisons to county jails. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Honduran woman deported from Contra Costa jail is glad to hear ICE is getting booted," 12 July 2018 Perhaps the comfort of nostalgia cannot and should not ever be completely divorced from the realities of its roots, but the way some of us cope is by transferring all those warm memories onto one work and discarding the ugliest bits of the rest. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "How ‘A Different World’ Survived the Downfall of Bill Cosby," 9 July 2018 The bots—some of which incorporate artificial intelligence—perform tasks that could include anything from transferring information to disparate databases to compiling reports. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Intuit CIO: Be Strategic About the Bots You Build," 11 Apr. 2019 When the women were subjected to unwanted touching, data from the dress was transferred to a control center via wifi and the area of the dress where they had been touched lit up. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "It’s just one more example of post-#MeToo brand wokeness.," 29 Nov. 2018 Step 5 An embryo (or embryos) is transferred to the woman's uterus. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 When the parents were taken into federal custody for prosecution, the children were transferred to the department of Health and Human Services and placed into temporary care around the country. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "At least one of the youngest migrant children sent to Maryland will be reunited with family by court deadline," 10 July 2018 Prior to the reunification, three fathers, including Mejia, were transferred from out of state to Calhoun County jail in Michigan over the weekend. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Reunited: 3 immigrant sons meet parents after 2-month separation," 10 July 2018 None had been transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be reunited with their parents. Time, "Trump Administration Wants More Time to Reunite Families Separated at the Border," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the news came out that Fields was jumping schools, Tate Martell, last year’s backup and seemingly the heir apparent at Ohio State, quickly announced his transfer and caught on with Miami. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Is there really a quarterback competition at Ohio State?," 13 Apr. 2019 Series of escapes Bundy first escaped from prison during his transfer to Aspen. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Bundy: Looking Back at the Killing Spree That Landed Him on Death Row," 25 Jan. 2019 Now there’s an indication that that transfer is underway: Fox is pulling Dark Horse’s license to publish Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Dark Horse is losing its Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics," 16 Aug. 2018 More than 200 of the transactions involved in-person transfers of at least $10,000, including some that took place in coffee shops and other public places, FinCEN said. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Treasury Bureau Issues First Penalty for Peer-to-Peer Digital Currency Exchange," 18 Apr. 2019 Compatible with Mac and Windows and a high-transfer speeds up to 550MB/s, this thing is great for any machine and file size and with terabyte storage instead of gigabyte, this hard drive should last you a long time. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Our Favorite External Hard Drive Is 60% Off Right Now," 15 Apr. 2019 In a food processor, puree ricotta, feta, egg, milk, nutmeg, and ½ tsp each salt and pepper; transfer to a bowl. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cheesy Baked Spinach and Feta Casserole," 7 Mar. 2019 Because of a union seniority clause, new teachers are often the first to be displaced — so Jenkins, a teacher at West Seattle Elementary School, knew a transfer to another school might be imminent. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "As Seattle school district displaces teachers, educators of color worry about relationships with students," 1 Apr. 2019 Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed in December by Marble Ridge Capital LP that alleged that the company’s transfer of its MyTheresa e-commerce business was a fraudulent transaction. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "Judge Tosses Hedge Fund’s Lawsuit Against Neiman Marcus," 19 Mar. 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 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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