[ verb trans-fur, trans-fer; noun, adjective trans-fer ]
/ verb trænsˈfɜr, ˈtræns fər; noun, adjective ˈtræns fər /
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verb (used with object), trans·ferred, trans·fer·ring.
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), trans·ferred, trans·fer·ring.
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.
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Origin of transfer
OTHER WORDS FROM transfer
trans·fer·a·ble, trans·fer·ra·ble, adjectivetrans·fer·a·bil·i·ty, nountrans·fer·rer, nounnon·trans·fer·a·bil·i·ty, noun
non·trans·fer·a·ble, adjectivere·trans·fer, verb (used with object), re·trans·ferred, re·trans·fer·ring.re·trans·fer, nounun·trans·fer·a·ble, adjectiveun·trans·ferred, adjectiveun·trans·fer·ring, adjective
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How to use transfer in a sentence
King theorized that his audience was not necessarily transferrable to Morgan.After CNN Cancels Morgan, Larry King Says: I Could Come Back|Lloyd Grove|February 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These tickets are not transferrable, and will admit the owner at all times to the Exhibition.
British Dictionary definitions for transfer
verb (trænsˈfɜː) -fers, -ferring or -ferred
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
Derived forms of transfertransferable or transferrable, adjectivetransferability, noun
Word Origin for transfer
C14: from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry
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Medical definitions for transfer
[ trăns′fər ]
The conveyance or removal of something from one place to another.
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.
Other words from transfertrans•fer′ (trăns-fûr′, trăns′fər) v.
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