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past participle of verb, past tense of verb

  1. See transfer




 (trænsˈfɜː Pronunciation for , -fers, -ferring, -ferred
  1. to change or go or cause to change or go from one thing, person, or point to another   ⇒ they transferred from the Park Hotel to the Imperial, she transferred her affections to her dog
  2. to change (buses, trains, etc)
  3. (law) to make over (property, etc) to another; convey
  4. to displace (a drawing, design, etc) from one surface to another
  5. (of a football player, esp a professional) to change clubs or (of a club, manager, etc) to sell or release (a player) to another club
  6. to leave one school, college, etc, and enrol at another
  7. to change (the meaning of a word, etc), esp by metaphorical extension


 (ˈtrænsfɜː Pronunciation for
  1. the act, process, or system of transferring, or the state of being transferred
    1. a person or thing that transfers or is transferred
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ a transfer student
  2. a design or drawing that is transferred from one surface to another, as by ironing a printed design onto cloth
  3. (law) the passing of title to property or other right from one person to another by act of the parties or by operation of law; conveyance
  4. (finance)
    1. the act of transferring the title of ownership to shares or registered bonds in the books of the issuing enterprise
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ transfer deed, transfer form
  5. any document or form effecting or regulating a transfer
  6. (mainly US & Canadian) a ticket that allows a passenger to change routes

Derived Forms

transˈferable, transˈferrable adjective
ˌtransferaˈbility noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry


View thesaurus entry
= hand over, give, commit, surrender, pass on, transmit, convey, assign, divert, turn over, relinquish, entrust, consign, devolve, make over, cede, redirect, sign over
= transference, move, removal, handover, change, shift, transmission, translation, displacement, relocation, transposition
= move, sale, switch, handover, relocation, movement

Example Sentences Including 'transferred'

Born in Hamburg in 1968, her father, Karl Reuter, was a police officer who had transferred to Hamburg from Stuttgart.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
But two months after Hall was transferred to Wakefield in October 1999 he was found hanging from the bars of his single cell.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
During the playoffs last May, Quinn was taken to hospital with an irregular heartbeat and later transferred to a Toronto hospital.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He had received a commendation for his service at RAF Aldergrove and became flight lieutenant after he transferred to RAF Prestwick.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
He was taken to the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald and later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
Irish Times (2002)
In a geographical miracle, Ponnelle transferred Salome to India.
Susie Gilbert and Jay Shir A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)
This all comes from CO2 in the sea, transferred via the atmosphere.
New Scientist (2003)
This time she was transferred to three junior functionaries in a row.
Kippax, Frank The Scar
Without telling anyone, he had already transferred the bulk of his money to a bank in Liechtenstein.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)


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