Other forms: transferred; transferring; transfers

If you are moving something from one place to another, like transferring money from your savings account to your checking account, you are transferring it. Or, if you've been moved from one job site to another — you, my friend, have been transferred.

Transfer can also be a noun that means the act of moving something from one form or location to another, so that money that was shifted from one account to another is considered a transfer. If you change something from one form to another, you can say that you transferred it. "Her mother had transferred all the old 8mm home movies to video tape. Now she'd have to transfer them again using a more modern technology."

Definitions of transfer
  1. verb
    move from one place to another
    transfer the data”
    transfer the patient to another hospital”
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    mail, post, send
    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place
    get off, send, send off
    communicate, convey, transmit
    transfer to another
    transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory
    cause (printed matter) to transfer or smear onto another surface
    transfer (electronic data) into a database or document
    transfer (electronic data) out of a database or document in a format that can be used by other programs
    transfer to a peripheral device, of computer data
    carry, post
    transfer (entries) from one account book to another
    use the file transfer protocol to transfer data from one computer to another
    transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage
    transfer a file or program from a central computer to a smaller computer or to a computer at a remote location
    transfer a file or program to a central computer from a smaller computer or a computer at a remote location
    charge, commit, institutionalise, institutionalize, send
    cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
    move from one place to another, especially of wild animals
    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    transmit information
    send by rapid transport or special messenger service
    send or transport by airmail
    send by registered mail
    send by express mail or courier
    hospitalise, hospitalize
    admit into a hospital
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    move around
    transfer the packet from his trouser pockets to a pocket in his jacket”
    synonyms: shift
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    transfer a quantity from one side of an equation to the other side reversing its sign, in order to maintain equality
    transfer to another track, of trains
    transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication
    move about, move back and forth
    transfer for further transportation from one ship or conveyance to another
    transfer cargo from a ship to a warehouse
    carry forward, carry over
    transfer from one time period to the next
    shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes
    transfer (a chromosomal segment) to a new position
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    transfer from one place or period to another
    synonyms: transplant, transpose
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    move from one setting or context to another
  4. verb
    shift the position or location of, as for business, legal, educational, or military purposes
    synonyms: remove
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    move around
  5. verb
    send from one person or place to another
    synonyms: channel, channelise, channelize, transmit, transport
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    bring, convey, fetch, get
    go or come after and bring or take back
    transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
    bring to a certain spiritual state
    release, turn
    let (something) fall or spill from a container
    send, send out
    to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place
    run after, pick up, and bring to the master
    go for and bring back
    release contained air or gas from
    throw (a die) out onto a flat surface
    send in
    mail in; cause to be delivered
    mail out
    transmit by mail
    get off, mail
    send via the postal service
    bring to a destination, make a delivery
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  6. verb
    lift and reset in another soil or situation
    synonyms: transplant
    be transplantable
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    cause to move, usually with force or pressure
  7. verb
    cause to change ownership
    “I transferred my stock holdings to my children”
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    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    transfer by a lease or by a will
    alien, alienate
    transfer property or ownership
    transfer by endorsement to another in return for value received
    transmit a title or property
    desacralize, secularize
    transfer from ecclesiastical to civil possession, use, or control
    transfer one's right to
    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
    change, exchange, interchange
    give to, and receive from, one another
    make available
    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
    cough up, pony up, spit up
    give reluctantly
    leave with; give temporarily
    lease, let, rent
    grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
    support materially or financially
    slip, sneak
    pass on stealthily
    exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
    give (a specific card) to a player
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
    accord, allot, grant
    allow to have
    allow, grant
    let have
    cash, cash in
    exchange for cash
    ransom, redeem
    exchange or buy back for money; under threat
    turn in (vouchers or coupons) and receive something in exchange
    fill in, stand in, sub, substitute
    be a substitute
    swap, switch, swop, trade
    exchange or give (something) in exchange for
    exchange goods without involving money
    trade, trade in
    turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
    present, submit
    hand over formally
    give as a gift
    bestow in large quantities
    deliver, fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, render, turn in
    to surrender someone or something to another
    administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, lot, mete, mete out, parcel out, shell out
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    offer, proffer
    present for acceptance or rejection
    chip in, contribute, give, kick in
    contribute to some cause
    render, return
    give back
    bank, deposit
    put into a bank account
    free, give up, release, relinquish, resign
    part with a possession or right
    cede, concede, grant, yield
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
    lend, loan
    give temporarily; let have for a limited time
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
    repay, requite
    make repayment for or return something
    dispense with, give up, part with, spare
    give up what is not strictly needed
    commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
    confer a trust upon
    entrust, leave
    put into the care or protection of someone
    place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons
    put in possession of land in exchange for a pledge of service, in feudal society
    issue, supply
    circulate or distribute or equip with
    distribute by a network, as of water or electricity
  8. verb
    change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
    synonyms: change
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  9. verb
    transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
    synonyms: reassign
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    transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
    hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
    exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
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    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
Definitions of transfer
  1. noun
    the act of moving something from one location to another
    synonyms: conveyance, transferral, transport, transportation
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    the transfer from one conveyance to another for shipment
    airlift, lift
    transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
    connection, connexion
    shifting from one form of transportation to another
    bringing, delivery
    the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)
    the act of driving a herd of animals over land
    the act of carrying something
    the transportation of goods on a lighter
    relocation, resettlement
    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    a hypothetical mode of instantaneous transportation; matter is dematerialized at one place and recreated at another
    cattle drive
    driving a bovine herd (as cows or bulls or steers)
    delivery of supplies or equipment or personnel by dropping them by parachute from an aircraft
    the delivery of goods for sale or disposal
    handing over, passage
    the act of passing something to another person
    the delivery and collection of letters and packages
    service, service of process, serving
    the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
    backpacking, packing
    carrying something in a pack on the back
    the act of carrying something piggyback
    fireman's carry
    the act of carrying a person over your shoulder
    carrying boats and supplies overland
    the transportation of burdens by porters
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    the act of changing the location of something
  2. 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”
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    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  3. noun
    application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation
    synonyms: carry-over, transfer of training
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    generalisation, generalization, stimulus generalisation, stimulus generalization
    (psychology) transfer of a response learned to one stimulus to a similar stimulus
    (Pavolvian conditioning) the elicitation of a conditioned response by stimulation similar but not identical to the original stimulus
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    acquisition, learning
    the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
  4. noun
    transferring ownership
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    (law) the voluntary and absolute transfer of title and possession of real property from one person to another
    conveyance, conveyance of title, conveyancing, conveying
    act of transferring property title from one person to another
    act of transferring a title or right or claim to another
    lease-lend, lend-lease
    the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause
    secularisation, secularization
    transfer of property from ecclesiastical to civil possession
    delivery, legal transfer, livery
    the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
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    dealing, dealings, transaction
    the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities)
  5. noun
    a ticket that allows a passenger to change conveyances
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    a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something (as to ride on public transportation or to enter a public entertainment)
  6. noun
    someone who transfers or is transferred from one position to another
    “the best student was a transfer from LSU”
    synonyms: transferee
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