Definition of transfer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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; trænsˈfɜːr
transferring, transferred

to new place

1 [intransitive, transitive] to move from one place to another; to move something/somebody from one place to anothertransfer (from…) (to…) The film studio is transferring to Hollywood. (especially North American English) If I spend a semester in Madrid, will my credits transfer?transfer something/somebody (from…) (to…) How can I transfer money from my bank account to his?The patient was transferred to another hospital. (especially North American English) I couldn't transfer all my credits from junior college.

to new job/school/situation

2 [intransitive, transitive] to move from one job, school, situation, etc. to another; to arrange for somebody to movetransfer (from…) (to…) Children usually transfer to secondary school at 11 or 12.He transferred to UCLA after his freshman year.transfer somebody (from…) (to…) Ten employees are being transferred from the sales department.


3 [transitive, intransitive] transfer (something) (from…) (to…) if you transfer a feeling, a disease, or power, etc, or if it transfers from one person to another, the second person has it, often instead of the firstJoe had already transferred his affections from Lisa to Cleo.I decided to transfer my loyalty to my local team.This disease is rarely transferred from mother to baby (= so that the baby has it as well as the mother).


4 [transitive] transfer something (to somebody) to officially arrange for something to belong to somebody else or for somebody else to control something
sign over
He transferred the property to his son.

in sport

5 [intransitive, transitive] (especially British English) to move, or to move somebody, to a different sports team, especially a professional football ( soccer ) teamtransfer (from…) (to…) He transferred to Everton for £6 million.transfer somebody (from…) (to…) He was transferred from Spurs to Arsenal for a huge fee.

to new vehicle

6 [intransitive, transitive] to change to a different vehicle during a journey; to arrange for somebody to change to a different vehicle during a journeytransfer (from…) (to…) I transferred at Bahrain for a flight to Singapore.transfer somebody (from…) (to…) Passengers are transferred from the airport to the hotel by taxi.

information/music, etc.

7 [transitive, intransitive] to copy information, music, an idea, etc. from one method of recording or presenting it to another; to be recorded or presented in a different waytransfer something (from something) (to something) You can transfer data to a memory stick in a few seconds.transfer (from something) (to something) The novel does not transfer well to the movies.