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Meaning of transfer by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( verb )
      • ( RP ) IPA: /trɑːnsˈfɜː/, /trænzˈfɜː/; X-SAMPA: /trA:nz"f3:/, /tr{nz"f3:/
      • ( US ) enPR: trănzfûrʹ, IPA: /trænzˈfɝ/, X-SAMPA: /tr{nz"f3`/
    • ( noun )
      • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈtrɑːnsfɜː/, /ˈtrænzfɜː/; X-SAMPA: /"trA:nzf3:/, /"tr{nzf3:/
      • ( US ) enPR: trănzʹfûr, IPA: /ˈtrænzfɝ/, X-SAMPA: /"tr{nzf3`/


    From Latin trānsferō ( “I bear across” ) .


    transfer ( third-person singular simple present transfers present participle transferring, simple past and past participle transferred )

    1. ( transitive ) To move or pass from one place, person or thing to another .
    2. ( transitive ) To convey the impression of ( something ) from one surface to another .
    3. ( intransitive ) To be or become transferred .
    4. ( transitive ) ( law ) To arrange for something to officially belong to or be controlled by somebody else .


    Derived terms

    • transferee
    • transferor


    transfer ( countable and uncountable; plural: transfers )

    1. ( uncountable ) The act of conveying or removing something from one place, person or thing to another .
    2. ( countable ) An instance of conveying or removing from one place, person or thing to another; a transferal .
    3. ( countable ) A design conveyed by contact from one surface to another; a heat transfer .


    • ( act ): transferal, transference
    • ( instance ): transferal
    • ( design ):

    Usage notes

    Related terms

    • transference
    • transferent
    • transferential

Explanation of transfer by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. transfer from one place or period to another

    2. send from one person or place to another

    3. lift and reset in another soil or situation

    4. move around

    5. transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket
    6. shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes

    7. change from one vehicle or transportation line to another

    8. cause to change ownership

    9. I transferred my stock holdings to my children
    10. move from one place to another

    11. transfer the data
      transfer the patient to another hospital
    12. transfer somebody to a different position or location of work

    1. the act of transfering something from one form to another

    2. the transfer of the music from record to tape suppressed much of the background noise
    3. the act of moving something from one location to another

    4. transferring ownership

    5. application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation

    6. a ticket that allows a passenger to change conveyances

    7. someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another

    8. the best student was a transfer from LSU

    Definition of transfer by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Transfer v. t. [imp. & p. p. Transferred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Transferring.] [L. transferre; trans across, over + ferre to bear: cf. F. transférer. See Bear to carry.]
      1. To convey from one place or person another; to transport, remove, or cause to pass, to another place or person; as, “to transfer the laws of one country to another; to transfer suspicion”.

      2. To make over the possession or control of; to pass; to convey, as a right, from one person to another; to give; as, “the title to land is transferred by deed”.

      3. To remove from one substance or surface to another; as, “to transfer drawings or engravings to a lithographic stone”. Tomlinson.

      Syn. -- To sell; give; alienate; estrange; sequester.

    2. Transfer n.
      1. The act of transferring, or the state of being transferred; the removal or conveyance of a thing from one place or person to another.

      2. ( Law ) The conveyance of right, title, or property, either real or personal, from one person to another, whether by sale, by gift, or otherwise.

      I shall here only consider it as a transfer of property. Burke.

      3. That which is transferred. Specifically: --

      A picture, or the like, removed from one body or ground to another, as from wood to canvas, or from one piece of canvas to another. Fairholt.

      A drawing or writing printed off from one surface on another, as in ceramics and in many decorative arts.

      ( Mil. ) A soldier removed from one troop, or body of troops, and placed in another.

      4. ( Med. ) A pathological process by virtue of which a unilateral morbid condition on being abolished on one side of the body makes its appearance in the corresponding region upon the other side.

      Transfer day, one of the days fixed by the Bank of England for the transfer, free of charge, of bank stock and government funds. These days are the first five business days in the week before three o'clock. Transfers may be made on Saturdays on payment of a fee of 2s. 6d. Bithell. -- Transfer office, an office or department where transfers of stocks, etc., are made. -- Transfer paper, a prepared paper used by draughtsmen, engravers, lithographers, etc., for transferring impressions. -- Transfer table. ( Railroad ) Same as Traverse table. See under Traverse.