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[verb trans-fur, trans-fer; noun, adjective trans-fer] /verb trænsˈfɜr, ˈtræns fər; noun, adjective ˈtræns fər/
verb (used with object), transferred, transferring.
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.
verb (used without object), transferred, transferring.
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
1350-1400; Middle English transferren (v.) < Latin trānsferre, equivalent to trāns- trans- + ferre to bear1, carry
Related forms
transferable, transferrable, adjective
transferability, noun
transferrer, noun
nontransferability, noun
nontransferable, adjective
retransfer, verb (used with object), retransferred, retransferring.
retransfer, noun
untransferable, adjective
untransferred, adjective
untransferring, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now was he not transferring something else from the mother to the child?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "The Commander has been transferring them in vain for four months," he said.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • During the time of transferring the baggage, I had to carry the money for safe keeping.

  • He had taken the sketch two days before and was now transferring it on to canvas.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • The process of transferring bees to my hives, is performed as follows.

British Dictionary definitions for transferring


verb (trænsˈfɜː) -fers, -ferring, -ferred
to change or go or cause to change or go from one thing, person, or point to another: they 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
noun (ˈtrænsfɜː)
the act, process, or system of transferring, or the state of being transferred
  1. a person or thing that transfers or is transferred
  2. (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
  1. the act of transferring the title of ownership to shares or registered bonds in the books of the issuing enterprise
  2. (as modifier): transfer deed, transfer form
any document or form effecting or regulating a transfer
(mainly US & Canadian) a ticket that allows a passenger to change routes
Derived Forms
transferable, transferrable, adjective
transferability, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry
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Word Origin and History for transferring



late 14c., from Latin transferre "bear across, carry over, transfer, translate," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + ferre "to carry" (see infer). Related: Transferred; transferring.



1670s, from transfer (v.).

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transferring in Medicine

transfer trans·fer (trāns'fər)

  1. The conveyance or removal of something from one place to another.

  2. A condition in which learning in one situation influences learning in another situation. It may be positive, as when learning one behavior facilitates the learning of something else, or negative, as when one habit interferes with the acquisition of a later one.

trans·fer' (trāns-fûr', trāns'fər) v.
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