What does transfer mean?

Definitions for transfer
trænsˈfɜr, ˈtræns fər; ˈtræns fərtrans·fer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word transfer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. transportation, transport, transfer, transferral, conveyancenoun

    the act of moving something from one location to another

  2. transfer, transfereenoun

    someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another

    "the best student was a transfer from LSU"

  3. transfer, transferencenoun

    the act of transfering something from one form to another

    "the transfer of the music from record to tape suppressed much of the background noise"

  4. transfernoun

    a ticket that allows a passenger to change conveyances

  5. transfer, transfer of training, carry-overnoun

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

  6. transfer, transferenceverb

    transferring ownership

  7. transfer, reassignverb

    transfer somebody to a different position or location of work

  8. transferverb

    move from one place to another

    "transfer the data"; "transmit the news"; "transfer the patient to another hospital"

  9. transplant, transferverb

    lift and reset in another soil or situation

    "Transplant the young rice plants"

  10. transfer, shiftverb

    move around

    "transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket"

  11. transferverb

    cause to change ownership

    "I transferred my stock holdings to my children"

  12. transfer, changeverb

    change from one vehicle or transportation line to another

    "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"

  13. transmit, transfer, transport, channel, channelize, channeliseverb

    send from one person or place to another

    "transmit a message"

  14. remove, transferverb

    shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes

    "He removed his children to the countryside"; "Remove the troops to the forest surrounding the city"; "remove a case to another court"

  15. transfer, transpose, transplantverb

    transfer from one place or period to another

    "The ancient Greek story was transplanted into Modern America"


  1. transfernoun

    The act of conveying or removing something from one place, person or thing to another.

  2. transfernoun

    An instance of conveying or removing from one place, person or thing to another; a transferal.

  3. transfernoun

    A design conveyed by contact from one surface to another; a heat transfer.

  4. transferverb

    To move or pass from one place, person or thing to another.

  5. transferverb

    To convey the impression of (something) from one surface to another.

  6. transferverb

    To be or become transferred.

  7. transferverb

    To arrange for something to officially belong to or be controlled by somebody else.

  8. Etymology: From transfero.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Transferverb

    Etymology: transferer, Fr. transfero, Lat.

    He that transfers the laws of the Lacedemonians to the people of Athens, should find a great absurdity and inconvenience. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Was’t not enough you took my crown away,
    But cruelly you must my love betray?
    I was well pleas’d to have transferr’d my right,
    And better chang’d your claim of lawless might. Dryden.

    The king,
    Who from himself all envy would remove,
    Left both to be determin’d by the laws,
    And to the Grecian chiefs transferr’d the cause. Dryden.

    This was one perverse effect of their sitting at ease under their vines and fig-trees, that they forget from whence that ease came, and transferred all the honour of it upon themselves. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Your sacred aid religious monarchs own,
    When first they merit, then ascend the throne:
    But tyrants dread you, lest your just decree
    Transfer the power and set the people free. Matthew Prior.

    By reading we learn not only the actions and the sentiments of distant nations, but transfer to ourselves the knowledge and improvements of the most learned men. Isaac Watts.

    The king was much moved with this unexpected accident, because it was stirred in such a place where he could not with safety transfer his own person to suppress it. Francis Bacon, H. VII.

    He thirty rowling years the crown shall wear,
    Then from Lavinium shall the seat transfer. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transferverb

    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. Transferverb

    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. Transferverb

    to remove from one substance or surface to another; as, to transfer drawings or engravings to a lithographic stone

  4. Transfernoun

    the act of transferring, or the state of being transferred; the removal or conveyance of a thing from one place or person to another

  5. Transfernoun

    the conveyance of right, title, or property, either real or personal, from one person to another, whether by sale, by gift, or otherwise

  6. Transfernoun

    that which is transferred

  7. Transfernoun

    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

  8. Transfernoun

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

  9. Transfernoun

    a soldier removed from one troop, or body of troops, and placed in another

  10. Transfernoun

    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


  1. Transfer

    In professional football, a transfer is the action taken whenever a player under contract moves between professional clubs. It refers to the transferring of a player's registration from one professional association football club to another. In general, the players can only be transferred during a transfer window and according to the rules set by a governing body. Usually some sort of compensation is paid for the player's rights. When a player moves from one club to another, his old contract is terminated and he negotiates a new one with the club he is moving to, unlike in American, Canadian and Australian sports, where teams essentially trade existing player contracts. However, in some cases, transfers can function in a similar manner to player trades, as teams can offer another player on their squad as part of the compensation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Transfer

    trans-fėr′, v.t. to carry or bring over: to convey to another place: to remove: to transport:—pr.p. transfer′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. transferred′.ns. Trans′fer, the act of transferring: the conveyance of anything from one person or place to another: that which is transferred; Transferabil′ity, Transferribil′ity.—adjs. Transfer′able, Transfer′rible, that may be transferred or conveyed from one place or person to another.—ns. Trans′fer-book, a register of the transfer of property, shares, &c.; Trans′fer-day, one of certain regular days for registering transfer of bank-stock and government funds at the Bank of England; Transferēē′, the person to whom a thing is transferred; Trans′ference, the act of transferring or conveying from one person or place to another: passage from one place to another; Trans′fer-pā′per, a kind of prepared paper used for transferring impressions with copying-presses, &c.; Transfer′rer. [L. trans, across, ferre, to carry.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A small bit of paper of remarkable strength, being able to carry a heavy man several miles.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. transfer

    There can be no legal transfer of property captured at sea, without a legal condemnation in the admiralty court, and therefore the sale or occupancy of vessels and goods by pirates does not alter or extinguish the loser's right of property. Transfer is the legal state of a registered ship, or shares in her, to persons qualified to be owners of British ships. Also, the turning over men or companies from one ship to another.

Editors Contribution

  1. transfer

    To bring or move from a specific location.

    They did transfer the money from one bank account to their joint account.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 8, 2020  
  2. transfer

    To give or receive.

    The electronic funds transfer arranges to give the money from a bank to account and for it to be received in another.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  
  3. transfer

    To move electronically a sum of money using a secure and real-time banking system or financial transaction system.

    They did transfer the money to their employee bank accounts.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 21, 2020  
  4. transfer

    To move money using a form of electronic fund transfer system.

    The unity government support payments were made by electronic fund transfer system.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 21, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transfer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2011

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transfer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4127

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transfer' in Nouns Frequency: #784

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transfer' in Verbs Frequency: #362

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transfer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transfer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of transfer in a Sentence

  1. Hassan Rouhani:

    All these measures are reversible if other parties fulfill their commitments ... We should be able to sell our oil and to transfer its money into the country.

  2. James Longdon:

    The re-transfer of the five senior bonds announced in December 2015 addresses the bank's solvency shortfall and this might support renewed efforts to find a buyer.

  3. Michael Levin:

    The electrical communication amongst cells is really important for tumor suppression, the bigger picture is to understand how these voltages are passed among cells and how they control the transfer of chemical signals among cells.

  4. Michel Drezen:

    Our press release is not for or against GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms): in one way we say that GMOs already exist in nature and it's not playing god to make GMOs (which could be considered as pro-GMO), on the other hand, we say that genes introduced in one species can end up in another species, which stresses the risk of using GMOs to transfer protective genes to pests (which could be considered as against GMOs).

  5. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi:

    Now we are working to transfer these 19 people to Kabul safely and efforts are on to pave the way for 12 others to get free soon.

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Translations for transfer

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  • حول, انتقالArabic
  • přenést, přepsat, přenos, převod, převéztCzech
  • forflyttelse, skifte, overføre, stige om, transport, flytning, forflytte, overflytning, overdrage, overførselDanish
  • Übertragung, übertragen, Überweisung, VersetzungGerman
  • μετατίθομαι, μεταβιβάζομαι, χαλκομανία, μεταθέτω, μεταφέρω, μεταφέρομαι, μετακινούμαι, μετακινώ, μεταβίβαση, μεταβιβάζω, μεταφορά, μεταποτύπωσηGreek
  • delokigoEsperanto
  • transferir, impreso, calco, imprimir, calcar, transferenciaSpanish
  • ترانسفر, ترافرستPersian
  • siirtyä, siirto, siirtokuva, siirtääFinnish
  • transfert, transférerFrench
  • thoir thairisScottish Gaelic
  • traslado, trasladarGalician
  • átvisz, átnyom, áthelyez, átszállít, átmegy, átmásol, áttesz, átruház, áthurcolkodik, átköltözikHungarian
  • trasferirsi, trasferire, trasferimento, decalcare, passare, conferire, ricalcare, bonifico, trasferimento bancarioItalian
  • 移動, 乗り換える, 運ぶ, 移す, 転勤Japanese
  • 옮기다Korean
  • translatio, trānsmoveōLatin
  • whakawhitiMāori
  • സ്ഥലംമാറ്റംMalayalam
  • overplaatsen, verplaatsenDutch
  • transferir, transferênciaPortuguese
  • transferaRomanian
  • перевод, перенести, переход, переносить, трансфертRussian
  • överföraSwedish
  • బదిలీTelugu
  • แปลThai
  • transfer etmek, transferTurkish

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