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, conveyance(noun)

    the act of moving something from one location to another

  2. transfer, transferee(noun)

    someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another

    "the best student was a transfer from LSU"

  3. transfer, transference(noun)

    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. transfer(noun)

    a ticket that allows a passenger to change conveyances

  5. transfer, transfer of training, carry-over(noun)

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

  6. transfer, transference(verb)

    transferring ownership

  7. transfer, reassign(verb)

    transfer somebody to a different position or location of work

  8. transfer(verb)

    move from one place to another

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

  9. transplant, transfer(verb)

    lift and reset in another soil or situation

    "Transplant the young rice plants"

  10. transfer, shift(verb)

    move around

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

  11. transfer(verb)

    cause to change ownership

    "I transferred my stock holdings to my children"

  12. transfer, change(verb)

    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, channelise(verb)

    send from one person or place to another

    "transmit a message"

  14. remove, transfer(verb)

    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, transplant(verb)

    transfer from one place or period to another

    "The ancient Greek story was transplanted into Modern America"


  1. transfer(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From transfero.

  2. transfer(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From transfero.

  3. transfer(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From transfero.

  4. transfer(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From transfero.

  5. transfer(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From transfero.

  6. transfer(Verb)

    To be or become transferred.

    Etymology: From transfero.

  7. transfer(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From transfero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transfer(verb)

    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. Transfer(verb)

    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. Transfer(verb)

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

  4. Transfer(noun)

    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. Transfer(noun)

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

  6. Transfer(noun)

    that which is transferred

  7. Transfer(noun)

    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. Transfer(noun)

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

  9. Transfer(noun)

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

  10. Transfer(noun)

    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

How to pronounce transfer?

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How to say transfer in sign language?

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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. Mike Pompeo:

    It is not okay to put technology systems in with latent capability to take information from citizens of Chile or any other country and transfer it back to President Xi's government.

  2. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    My telephone calls and meetings and decisions were now parts of a prescribed ritual aimed at making peace with the past his calls, his meetings and his decisions were already the ones that would shape America's future. (On transfer of power to Gerald R Ford)

  3. Petro Poroshenko:

    We cannot allow detribalization of the executive branch during a war. This would be inevitable, if after this resignation a new government of Ukraine is not selected immediately, the parliamentary faction of the Block of Petro Poroshenko has nominated Volodymyr Groysman to the post of Prime Minister. Having done everything to ensure stability and continuity of our course, I declare my decision to transfer the obligations and responsibilities of the head of government of Ukraine.

  4. Jak Punchoopet:

    The agreement was only for the sale of the plants and didn't include the transfer of employees, their plan is to lay off 1,000 employees in the auto parts manufacturing line in June, and then around 300 to 400 in the assembly line in October.

  5. Greg Mourad:

    It’s an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars, there’s no reason for Austin Fire Department -RRB- and Austin Fire Department -RRB- is the problem with unionizing the public sector. They [ unions ] have become the most powerful lobby group in politics. The CEI study found that Texas cities pay thousands of hours in release time to teachers, cops and firefighters, and raised the possibility that such payments violate the Lone Star State’s constitution, which prohibits the transfer of public funds to private entities that do not serve a public purpose.

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Translations for transfer

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  • انتقال, حولArabic
  • převézt, převod, přenos, přepsat, přenéstCzech
  • forflyttelse, overdrage, overflytning, flytning, transport, stige om, overføre, skifte, forflytte, overførselDanish
  • Versetzung, übertragen, Überweisung, ÜbertragungGerman
  • μεταφέρομαι, μετατίθομαι, μετακινώ, μεταποτύπωση, μεταβίβαση, μετακινούμαι, μεταφέρω, χαλκομανία, μεταβιβάζομαι, μεταθέτω, μεταφορά, μεταβιβάζωGreek
  • delokigoEsperanto
  • calco, calcar, transferir, impreso, transferencia, imprimirSpanish
  • ترافرست, ترانسفرPersian
  • siirtää, siirto, siirtokuva, siirtyäFinnish
  • transfert, transférerFrench
  • thoir thairisScottish Gaelic
  • traslado, trasladarGalician
  • áthurcolkodik, átszállít, átmegy, átmásol, átköltözik, áttesz, áthelyez, átnyom, átvisz, átruházHungarian
  • trasferirsi, trasferimento, passare, trasferire, trasferimento bancario, decalcare, bonifico, ricalcare, conferireItalian
  • 移す, 転勤, 運ぶ, 乗り換える, 移動Japanese
  • 옮기다Korean
  • trānsmoveō, translatioLatin
  • whakawhitiMāori
  • സ്ഥലംമാറ്റംMalayalam
  • verplaatsen, overplaatsenDutch
  • transferir, transferênciaPortuguese
  • transferaRomanian
  • трансферт, переносить, переход, перенести, переводRussian
  • överföraSwedish
  • బదిలీTelugu
  • แปลThai
  • transfer, transfer etmekTurkish

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