transfer

verb
trans·​fer | \ tran(t)s-ˈfər How to pronounce transfer (audio) , ˈtran(t)s-ˌfər \
transferred; transferring

Essential Meaning of transfer

1 : to move (someone or something) from one place to another We transferred the baby's car seat to the other car. The patient was transferred to a different hospital.
2 : to move (data, money, etc.) from one place to another electronically transfer data on the hard drive to a disk transfer funds electronically He transferred my call to another line.
3 : to cause (a disease, virus, etc.) to move from one living thing to another : transmit The virus is transferred by mosquitoes.

Full 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

Other Words from transfer

Verb

transferability \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌfər-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ noun
transferable or less commonly transferrable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ adjective
transferal \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​əl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ noun
transferrer \ tran(t)s-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transfer (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 decision to transfer has certainly worked out for Thshiebwe so far. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 20 Nov. 2021 Life Magnetics, which is working on a process to transfer and store RNA taken from water samples and to use a magnet to separate the RNA from other materials after binding it with carbon. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 The biscuit dough can be frozen: After cutting out the biscuits, freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer to zip-top bags. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Logan tried to transfer out of his company, family members said, but his requests were denied. jsonline.com, 18 Nov. 2021 According to Nerdwallet, my best bet would be to transfer my points to one of two airline mileage programs: Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or ANA. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2021 Blair soon oversaw about 80 cases in which the office, under Jackie Lacey, had filed motions to transfer teenagers to adult court on charges of murder or other violence. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Police allege this claim lured investors to transfer large amounts of money to him. Kocha Olarn, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 The Justice Department announced plans to transfer 400 federal prisoners from a total population of about 1,500 to another facility in Pennsylvania. NBC News, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since 2018, Texas has lost quarterbacks Shane Buechele (SMU), Cameron Rising (Utah) and Ja’Quinden Jackson (Utah) to the NCAA transfer portal. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Nov. 2021 Mel Tucker admitted as much after the humiliating defeat — there is a massive chasm between the Buckeyes and the Spartans in both talent and depth, even after MSU’s second-year coach mined the transfer portal and brought in more than 40 new players. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 21 Nov. 2021 Philbrick was then transported to Guam, where a judge greenlighted his transfer to New York City. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 18 Nov. 2021 Cincinnati has two more years on Acosta's contract, and his market value has surely increased up since his mid-winter transfer from Atlas FC in Mexico. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 10 Nov. 2021 At the time of his transfer, Ruggles seemed like a luxury — someone who could push returning redshirt Jake Seibert. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 The academic issue is connected with Marial’s NCAA progress toward degree requirements following his transfer from Maryland. oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2021 But his only incoming transfer this season, guard Jordan Shepherd from North Carolina-Charlotte, projects as more of a complementary piece in the Pac-12 than a go-to option. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 Haener led the Mountain West a year ago in passing yards per game (336.8) after sitting out the 2019 season following his transfer from Washington. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2021

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

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23 Nov 2021

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“Transfer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transfer. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for transfer

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

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 transfer (audio) \ noun
transferable also transferrable \ trans-​ˈfər-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce transfer (audio) \ adjective
transferor \ trans-​fər-​ˈȯr, trans-​ˈfər-​ər How to pronounce transfer (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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