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

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

Thousands of artifacts, including much of the Tutankhamen collection, have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum, a spectacular $1 billion project being built near the Giza pyramids outside Cairo. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 Those callers needing police are transferred to Broward County's 911 center. NBC News, "Parkland shooting investigation finds radio issues delayed police response," 12 July 2018 The boy was transferred from Florida Hospital New Smyrna to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and remained hospitalized from Wednesday until Friday. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Boy, 8, gets 18 doses of anti-venom after painful snake bite," 10 July 2018 In 2015, Michigan signed Nolan Ulizio, Tyree Kinnel and Andrew David, who has since transferred to TCU. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is rebuilding its recruiting pipeline in Ohio. Here's why.," 12 July 2018 The third-best player in the world last year was Neymar, who last season transferred from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a record fee of 222 million euros (now $260 million). Tales Azzoni, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid prepare for life without Ronaldo," 11 July 2018 Along with the graduation of some key seniors, the Pioneers also lost Liberty League Player of the Year and All-CIF Southern Section first-team player Melissa Zozulenko, who transferred to Harvard-Westlake. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "LoVett, Providence defense hold Burbank at bay in summer girls' basketball," 11 July 2018 It was started in Switzerland for parents who frequently transferred from one country to another and wanted a curriculum that would be more internationally accepted. Katherine Roth, Fox News, "International Baccalaureate programs catch on in US schools," 10 July 2018 Linebacker Melvin Keihn, who transferred to Maryland three years ago after starting his college football career at Virginia Tech, is leaving College Park with hopes of playing elsewhere as a graduate transfer. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Linebacker Melvin Keihn will leave Maryland as a graduate transfer," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the past, commissioners had expressed a desire to phase out transfers from the water fund to the general fund. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Cobb raises water rates, takes millions for general fund," 12 July 2018 How much money Sarri will have available for new transfers remains to be seen. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Chelsea replace Conte with former Napoli boss Sarri," 14 July 2018 Sophomore Devon Modster and Michigan transfer Wilton Speight have the most experience, but freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson is expected to eventually take over the offense. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 The favorite to start is junior-college transfer Terry Wilson, another mobile quarterback who’s unproven at this level. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Kentucky again," 13 July 2018 Whip until smooth, transfer to cocktail glass and let sit for 5 minutes. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Yard debris including leaves, grass and tree limbs cannot be burned and must be disposed of through curbside trash removal, the solid waste service transfer site or the landfill. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage burn ban eased amid cool and rainy weather," 12 July 2018 Such sales are complicated by the fact that fund managers must approve transfers to new investors. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Wilbur Ross Sale to Cover Holdings Worth Potentially Tens of Millions," 13 July 2018 The transfer form was signed and filed with a mere two seconds to spare. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'Astroball': How the Houston Astros climbed from baseball's basement to champions," 13 July 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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More Definitions for transfer

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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