transfer [verb trans-fur, trans-fer; noun, adjective trans-fer] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for transfer on verb (used with object), trans·ferred, trans·fer·ring.

  1. to convey or remove from one place, person, etc., to another: He transferred the package from one hand to the other.
  2. to cause to pass from one person to another, as thought, qualities, or power; transmit.
  3. Law. to make over the possession or control of: to transfer a title to land.
  4. 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.

  1. to remove oneself from one place to another: to transfer from the New York office to London.
  2. to withdraw from one school, college, or the like, and enter another: I transferred from Rutgers to Tulane.
  3. to be moved from one place to another: to transfer to overseas duty.
  4. to change by means of a transfer from one bus, train, or the like, to another.


  1. a means or system of transferring.
  2. an act of transferring.
  3. the fact of being transferred.
  4. a point or place for transferring.
  5. a ticket entitling a passenger to continue a journey on another bus, train, or the like.
  6. a drawing, design, pattern, or the like, that is or may be transferred from one surface to another, usually by direct contact.
  7. a person who changes or is changed from one college, military unit, business department, etc., to another.
  8. Law. a conveyance, by sale, gift, or otherwise, of real or personal property, to another.
  9. Finance. the act of having the ownership of a stock or registered bond transferred.
  10. Also called transfer of training. Psychology. the positive or negative influence of prior learning on subsequent learning.Compare generalization(def 4).
  11. 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.


  1. 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, carryRelated formstrans·fer·a·ble, trans·fer·ra·ble, adjectivetrans·fer·a·bil·i·ty, nountrans·fer·rer, nounnon·trans·fer·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·trans·fer·a·ble, adjectivere·trans·fer, verb (used with object), re·trans·ferred, re·trans·fer··trans·fer, nounun·trans·fer·a·ble, adjectiveun·trans·ferred, adjectiveun·trans·fer·ring, adjective Related Words for transfer deportation, transmission, relocation, removal, give, move, dispatch, bring, carry, ship, find, transport, sell, cede, provide, supply, send, transmit, relocate, deliver Examples from the Web for transfer Contemporary Examples of transfer

  • Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge.

    Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking

    Tina Traster

    December 30, 2014

  • “I ran for my life,” said Tenayo, who is a home attendant for an autistic resident, but wants to transfer because of the crime.

    Anger at The Cop Killer – And The Police

    M.L. Nestel

    December 21, 2014

  • 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

  • All the junkies try to transfer to them, for the abundance of morphine.

    A Million Ways to Die in Prison

    Daniel Genis

    December 8, 2014

  • Jasmin helps her transfer in and out of her wheelchair, get dressed, and bathe.

    Care Providers Fight for $15 and a Union

    Jasmin Almodovar, Shirley Thompson

    December 5, 2014

  • Historical Examples of transfer

  • Then transfer it to a hot dish, and serve up the potatoes in another.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • Then transfer them to a jelly-bag, and squeeze out the juice.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • Shake it daily for a month, and then transfer it to small bottles.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • Then transfer it to a jar, and set the jar into a pot of boiling water.

    Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches

    Eliza Leslie

  • Let him transfer a little of his anxiety to the fear of losing his fifty pounds.

    Jennie Baxter, Journalist

    Robert Barr

  • British Dictionary definitions for transfer transfer verb (trænsˈfɜː) -fers, -ferring or -ferred

    1. 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
    2. to change (buses, trains, etc)
    3. law to make over (property, etc) to another; convey
    4. to displace (a drawing, design, etc) from one surface to another
    5. (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
    6. to leave one school, college, etc, and enrol at another
    7. to change (the meaning of a word, etc), esp by metaphorical extension

    noun (ˈtrænsfɜː)

    1. 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
    2. a design or drawing that is transferred from one surface to another, as by ironing a printed design onto cloth
    3. 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
    4. finance
      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
    5. any document or form effecting or regulating a transfer
    6. mainly US and Canadian a ticket that allows a passenger to change routes

    Derived Formstransferable or transferrable, adjectivetransferability, nounWord Origin for transfer C14: from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry Word Origin and History for transfer v.

    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.).

    transfer in Medicine transfer [trăns′fər] n.

    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.

    Related formstrans•fer′ (trăns-fûr′, trăns′fər) v.

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