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.
- trans·fer·a·ble, trans·fer·ra·ble, adjective
- trans·fer·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- trans·fer·rer, noun
- non·trans·fer·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·trans·fer·a·ble, adjective
- re·trans·fer, verb (used with object), re·trans·ferred, re·trans·fer·ring.
- re·trans·fer, noun
- un·trans·fer·a·ble, adjective
- un·trans·ferred, adjective
- un·trans·fer·ring, adjective
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How to use transfer in a sentence
An economist might say, “Well, we should be using fiscal instruments — taxes, transfers — to redistribute.”Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 17, 2020 | Freakonomics
If nothing is done to reverse this massive wealth transfer, we risk losing our independent businesses for good.How we can save small business from coronavirus-induced extinction | matthewheimer | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcántara has been linked with a move to Merseyside, while Georginio Wijnaldum has been linked with a move away from Liverpool to Barcelona, but neither transfer has come to pass yet.Will Liverpool Run Away With The Premier League Again, Or Can Manchester City Take The Title Back? | Terrence Doyle | September 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The same problem applies whatever legal mechanism companies are using for those transfers.Time is running out for Big Tech’s monetization of Europeans’ personal data | David Meyer | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Electric vehicles wouldn’t be possible without cobalt, a mineral used in rechargeable batteries to store and transfer power.Can Tesla help solve one of the thorniest ethical problems with electric vehicles? | Tim McDonnell | September 10, 2020 | Quartz
Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge.
“I ran for my life,” said Tenayo, who is a home attendant for an autistic resident, but wants to transfer because of the crime.
He suggested I needed mental help, and offered to help me transfer to another college.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All the junkies try to transfer to them, for the abundance of morphine.
Jasmin helps her transfer in and out of her wheelchair, get dressed, and bathe.
He, Bastien-Lepage, painter of the soil, found himself unable to transfer to canvas the enchantment of that land of fairy tale!Bastien Lepage | Fr. Crastre
Giles; aluminium and its bronze in 1864; the transfer process in 1856 by Tearne and Richmond.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
It is immaterial to whom the transfer is made if the purpose be to prefer one creditor to another.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Another act of bankruptcy is to convey, transfer, conceal or remove property with the intention to defraud creditors.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
As additional methods facilitating in some cases the transfer of stops must be named the "double touch" and the "pizzicato touch."The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for transfer
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
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
- transferable or transferrable, adjective
- transferability, noun
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