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

Polis’ office said in a statement that the Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land plan to transfer the 30-square-mile property near Trinidad to public ownership, with the goal of opening access by 2021. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 The island provides a good stopping point where the cables, which require electricity to transfer data, can be powered up. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Tiny Guam is vying to be the world’s next big telecommunications hub," 12 Sep. 2019 The system is opaque and curbs job mobility, as rights are hard to transfer. The Economist, "Another French president tries pension reform," 12 Sep. 2019 If that happened, passenger service to transfer people for work or entertainment could also become a possibility, Wood suggested. Joan Hunt, courant.com, "Trail Walk Through Quarry Park Uncovers Vibrant History," 12 Sep. 2019 Bales said Wolfe tried to transfer the property in an effort to defraud her. oregonlive, "Mother of Karissa Fretwell sues daughter’s accused murderer for $2 million," 12 Sep. 2019 Eligible employees will be offered different jobs at the same location, while others may be able to transfer elsewhere, Comcast said in its letter to state officials. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Comcast planning to cut more than 200 jobs, report says," 11 Sep. 2019 The embryos are now stored in liquid nitrogen, to be transferred into a surrogate mother — a southern white rhino — in the near future. Giada Zampano, chicagotribune.com, "There are only two northern white rhinos left. But with their eggs, and sperm from dead males, scientists may be able to save the species.," 11 Sep. 2019 There are two other possible contributing factors still under investigation: First, trusses on the fifth and seventh floors were designed to transfer loads from one set of columns to another. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anita has taken up the cause with enthusiasm and got the legal mechanisms started for the transfer, Avent says. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019 The discovery of the transfers bolsters several states' claims that family members worked to shield its wealth because of the growing legal threats against them and Purdue. Geoff Mulvihill, courant.com, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 Brandon Peters, the transfer from Michigan, was 22 of 37 for 297 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception for Illinois (2-1). Terry Towery, Detroit Free Press, "Eastern Michigan football notches third straight win over Big Ten, 34-31 vs. Illinois," 14 Sep. 2019 But the Georgia transfer doesn’t care about the numbers. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Ohio State vs. Indiana 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 14 Sep. 2019 The transfers bolster allegations by New York and other states that the Sacklers worked to shield their wealth in recent years because of mounting worries about legal threats. Adam Geller, chicagotribune.com, "Family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss accounts to conceal $1 billion in transfers: court filings," 13 Sep. 2019 In two games, the transfer from Michigan has six receptions for 132 yards, including a 27-yarder on that final drive that put the Bears at the Washington 3. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Cal vs. North Texas football: Story lines, players to watch, TV info," 13 Sep. 2019 Kenny said the transfer of the disease to Ramona from the Los Angeles area, where it was discovered in May 2018, probably occurred when someone moved an infected bird between the locations. Ramona Sentinel, "Birding couple share tips for care and breeding of fowl," 12 Sep. 2019 The transfer is being considered by the county at the request of resident group Unite LCF, who petitioned the county in 2013 — the most recent of several such attempts filed since 1961. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "LCUSD ‘ready, willing and able’ to accommodate Sagebrush transfer," 11 Sep. 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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More Definitions for transfer

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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