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



    BrE BrE//trænsˈfɜː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɜːr//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they transfer
    BrE BrE//trænsˈfɜː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɜːr//
    he / she / it transfers
    BrE BrE//trænsˈfɜːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɜːrz//
    past simple transferred
    BrE BrE//trænsˈfɜːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɜːrd//
    past participle transferred
    BrE BrE//trænsˈfɜːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɜːrd//
    -ing form transferring
    BrE BrE//trænsˈfɜːrɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɜːrɪŋ//
    Soccer, Ailments and diseases, Banking, Being ill
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to move from one place to another; to move something/somebody from one place to another transfer (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. See related entries: Banking
  2. to new job/school/situation
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to move from one job, school, situation, etc. to another; to arrange for somebody to move transfer (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.
  4. feeling/disease/power
  5. 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 first Joe 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). See related entries: Ailments and diseases, Being ill
  6. property
  7. 4[transitive] transfer something (to somebody) to officially arrange for something to belong to somebody else or for somebody else to control something synonym sign somethingover (to somebody) He transferred the property to his son.
  8. in sport
  9. 5[intransitive, transitive] (especially British English) to move, or to move somebody, to a different sports team, especially a professional football (soccer ) team transfer (from…) (to…) He transferred to Everton for £6 million. transfer somebody (from…) (to…) He was transferred from Spurs to Arsenal for a huge fee. See related entries: Soccer
  10. to new vehicle
  11. 6[intransitive, transitive] to change to a different vehicle during a journey; to arrange for somebody to change to a different vehicle during a journey transfer (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.
  12. information/music, etc.
  13. 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 way transfer 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. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  14. Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): from French transférer or Latin transferre, from trans- ‘across’ + ferre ‘to bear’. The earliest use of the noun (late 17th cent.) was as a legal term in the sense ‘conveyance of property’.Extra examples Assets can be transferred overseas. Can the disease be transferred across species? Data is easily transferred electronically. She transferred the gravy into a gravy boat. She transferred the sauce into a china jug. Skills cannot be transferred directly from a trainer to a trainee. Sovereignty was formally transferred on December 27. transferring assets abroad
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