Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: transferre, from ferre 'to carry'


1 verb
Related topics: Finance, Recording, Transport
trans‧fer1 W2 past tense and past participle transferred, present participle transferring

move to different place etc

[intransitive and transitive] to move from one place, school, job etc to another, or to make someone do this, especially within the same organization
transfer (from something) to something
Swod transferred from MI6 to the Security Service.
transfer somebody (from something) to something
They're transferring him to a special unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
You'll be transferred to the Birmingham office.

put something in different place

[intransitive and transitive] formal to move from one place to another, or to move something from one place to another
transfer (from something) to something
The exhibition transfers to York City Art Gallery on 23rd January.
transfer something (from something) to something
Transfer the meat to warm plates.

sports person

[transitive] to sell a sports player to another team:
He was tranferred for a fee of £8 million.


[transitive]BF to move money from one account or institution to another
transfer something (from something) to something
I'd like to transfer $500 to my checking account.

transfer your affections/loyalty/allegiance etc

to change from loving or supporting one person to loving or supporting a different one


[intransitive and transitive] if a skill, idea, or quality transfers from one situation to another, or if you transfer it, it can be used in the new situation:
Ideas that work well in one school often don't transfer well to another.

transfer power/responsibility/control (to somebody)

PG to officially give power etc to another person or organization:
The ageing president is preparing to transfer power to his son.


[transitive] to connect the call of someone who has telephoned you to someone else's telephone so that that person can speak to them:
Hold on one moment while I transfer your call.


[transitive] lawSCL to officially give property or land to someone else


[intransitive and transitive]TT to change from one bus, plane etc to another while you are travelling, or arrange for someone to do this:
You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.


[transitive]TCR to copy recorded information, music etc from one system to another:
Transfer the files onto floppy disk.


[transitive] if a disease is transferred from one person or animal to another, the second person or animal begins to have the disease
transfer something (from somebody/something) to somebody/something
It is unlikely that the disease will be transferred from animals to humans.
transferable adjective:
transferable skills
transferability noun [uncountable]

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