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 The update also allows players to store more in their virtual island homes and to transfer their game data to another Switch. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Politics no longer a part of the game in 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons'," 20 Nov. 2020 With some hospitals reaching capacity, Maryland officials have ramped up a program to transfer patients between facilities. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland reports 2,353 coronavirus cases — second-highest daily case total — and second-most deaths since June," 20 Nov. 2020 Coronavirus cases are accelerating in long-term care facilities in Connecticut and a COVID-19 recovery center in Meriden is filling up quickly as providers rush to transfer patients to prevent more deadly outbreaks. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "As nursing home deaths increase again, COVID-19 recovery site is filling up," 19 Nov. 2020 A few months after the operation, doctors began to transfer embryos into her uterus. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "Pandemic Baby Boom: Baylor’s Uterus Transplant Program Grows to No. 1," 19 Nov. 2020 As the crisis proliferates, several health care systems are struggling to transfer urgent patients to hospitals with adequate support. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, "‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges," 19 Nov. 2020 The medical examiner's office is surrounded by mobile morgues, and local inmates are paid to help transfer the bodies. Omar Jimenez, CNN, "'Busting out of the seams': West Texas hospitals pushed to the limit in unprecedented Covid-19 surge," 19 Nov. 2020 Even without him the Lakers are imposing with Elijah Hulsewe (6-11, Sr.) and Lake Highland Prep transfer Gabe Ferguson (6-7, Sr.) surrounded by shooters. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school basketball teams must beat COVID-19 to win big," 19 Nov. 2020 In Kansas, rural hospitals are running into difficulty trying to transfer patients to larger hospitals for more advanced care. The Salt Lake Tribune, "CDC begs Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Evers has signed a warrant for Higgins' transfer to Michigan, which triggers Higgins' re-arrest on that warrant. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dells man charged in kidnap plot says Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has a conflict in seeking his extradition," 18 Nov. 2020 The Trump administration has doubled down on America’s commitments to Georgia and was the first to approve the transfer of lethal defensive aid to Tbilisi since 2008. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, "Pompeo Visits Georgia, in Show of Support amid Russian Threat," 18 Nov. 2020 Jimmy Kwizera, 22, of Louisville: Pleaded guilty to transfer of obscene material to a minor. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Operation Gabbi Doolin leads to arrest of 7 suspected Kentucky child predators," 16 Nov. 2020 In a large, deep skillet, saute the diced bacon in 2 tablespoons butter for 5 minutes on medium-high; transfer to paper towels. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Cheesy Bacon and Jalapeño Cornbread Dressing," 16 Nov. 2020 One of the most crucial aspects of a functioning democracy is the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. Alex Kalman, The Atlantic, "The Letters That Outgoing Presidents Wrote to Their Successors," 14 Nov. 2020 The Orleans Parish School Board, however, had convinced the judge to require Black students to apply for transfer to all-White schools, thus limiting desegregation, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "60 years ago today, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges walked to school and showed how even first graders can be trailblazers," 14 Nov. 2020 In July, dozens of state lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop the transfer of people from state prison to federal immigration detention during the pandemic due to outbreaks at detention centers. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "A Bay Area injured inmate firefighter is fighting deportation by ICE," 12 Nov. 2020 The legislation would ban racial profiling, boost requirements for police body cameras and limit the transfer of military equipment to local jurisdictions. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "After Election Day, Biden's call for police oversight, officials' demands for defunding see renewed scrutiny," 10 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for transfer

Time Traveler

The first known use of transfer was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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