[verb trans-fur, trans-fer; noun, adjective trans-fer]
- to convey or remove from one place, person, etc., to another: He transferred the package from one hand to the other.
- to cause to pass from one person to another, as thought, qualities, or power; transmit.
- Law. to make over the possession or control of: to transfer a title to land.
- to imprint, impress, or otherwise convey (a drawing, design, pattern, etc.) from one surface to another.
- to remove oneself from one place to another: to transfer from the New York office to London.
- to withdraw from one school, college, or the like, and enter another: I transferred from Rutgers to Tulane.
- to be moved from one place to another: to transfer to overseas duty.
- to change by means of a transfer from one bus, train, or the like, to another.
- a means or system of transferring.
- an act of transferring.
- the fact of being transferred.
- a point or place for transferring.
- a ticket entitling a passenger to continue a journey on another bus, train, or the like.
- a drawing, design, pattern, or the like, that is or may be transferred from one surface to another, usually by direct contact.
- a person who changes or is changed from one college, military unit, business department, etc., to another.
- Law. a conveyance, by sale, gift, or otherwise, of real or personal property, to another.
- Finance. the act of having the ownership of a stock or registered bond transferred.
- Also called transfer of training. Psychology. the positive or negative influence of prior learning on subsequent learning.Compare generalization(def 4).
- Also called language transfer. Linguistics. the application of native-language rules in attempted performance in a second language, in some cases resulting in deviations from target-language norms and in other cases facilitating second-language acquisition.
- of, relating to, or involving transfer payments.
Origin of transfer
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- to change or go or cause to change or go from one thing, person, or point to anotherthey transferred from the Park Hotel to the Imperial; she transferred her affections to her dog
- to change (buses, trains, etc)
- law to make over (property, etc) to another; convey
- to displace (a drawing, design, etc) from one surface to another
- (of a football player, esp a professional) to change clubs or (of a club, manager, etc) to sell or release (a player) to another club
- to leave one school, college, etc, and enrol at another
- to change (the meaning of a word, etc), esp by metaphorical extension
- the act, process, or system of transferring, or the state of being transferred
- a person or thing that transfers or is transferred
- (as modifier)a transfer student
- a design or drawing that is transferred from one surface to another, as by ironing a printed design onto cloth
- law the passing of title to property or other right from one person to another by act of the parties or by operation of law; conveyance
- the act of transferring the title of ownership to shares or registered bonds in the books of the issuing enterprise
- (as modifier)transfer deed; transfer form
- any document or form effecting or regulating a transfer
- mainly US and Canadian a ticket that allows a passenger to change routes
C14: from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry
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Word Origin and History for non-transferability
1670s, from transfer (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
(ə-sēt′l-trăns′fə-rās′, -rāz′, ăs′ĭ-tl-)
- An enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of acetyl groups from one compound to another.acetylase transacetylase
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