Word forms: transfers, transferring
Definitionspronunciation note: The verb is pronounced (trænsfɜːʳ
). The noun is pronounced (trænsfɜːʳ
1. ergative verb & verb If you transfer something or someone from one place to another, or they transfer from one place to another, they go from the first place to the second. [V n + from/to] ⇒ Remove the wafers with a spoon and transfer them to a plate. [V n from/to n] ⇒ He was transferred from Weston Hospital to Frenchay. [V n from/to n] ⇒ He wants to transfer some money to the account of his daughter. [V + from/to] ⇒ The person can transfer from wheelchair to seat with relative ease. Transfer is also a noun. [+ of] ⇒ Arrange for the transfer of medical records to your new doctor. ⇒ The bank reserves the right to reverse any transfers or payments. 2. ergative verb & verb If something is transferred, or transfers, from one person or group of people to another, the second person or group gets it instead of the first. [V n + from/to] ⇒ I realized she'd transferred all her love from me to you. [V n from/to n] ⇒ The chances of the disease being transferred to humans is extremely remote. [V + from/to] ⇒ On 1 December the presidency of the Security Council automatically transfers from the U.S. to Yemen.
Transfer is also a noun. [+ of] ⇒ ...the transfer of power from the old to the new regimes.
3. variable noun Technology transfer is the process or act by which a country or organization which has developed new technology enables another country or organization to use the technology. ⇒ The Philippines needs capital and technology transfer. ⇒ There will be a transfer of technology from this country to Mongolia. [Also + of] 4. ergative verb & verb In professional sports, if a player transfers or is transferred from one club to another, they leave one club and begin playing for another. [British] [V + from/to] ⇒ ...Nick Barmby who transferred from Spurs to Middlesbrough. [be V-ed + from/to] ⇒ He was transferred from Crystal Palace to Arsenal for £2.5 million. [Also V n + from/to]
Transfer is also a noun. [+ to] ⇒ ...Gascoigne's transfer to the Italian club, Lazio.regional note: in AM, use trade
5. ergative verb & verb If you are transferred, or if you transfer, to a different job or place, you move to a different job or start working in a different place. [be V-ed + from/to] ⇒ I was transferred to the book department. [be V-ed] ⇒ I suspect that she is going to be transferred. [V + from/to] ⇒ Anton was able to transfer from Lavine's to an American company. [Also V n, V n + from/to]
Transfer is also a noun. [+ to] ⇒ They will be offered transfers to other locations.
6. verb When information is transferred onto a different medium, it is copied from one medium to another. [be V-ed + onto/to] ⇒ Such information is easily transferred onto microfilm. [V n + onto/to] ⇒ ...systems to create film-quality computer effects and then transfer them to film.
Transfer is also a noun. [+ of] ⇒ It can be connected to a PC for the transfer of information. ⇒ ...data transfer.
7. verb When property or land is transferred, it stops being owned by one person or institution and becomes owned by another. [law] [V n + from/to] ⇒ He has already transferred ownership of most of the works to a British foundation. [be V-ed] ⇒ Certain kinds of property are transferred automatically at death. [Also V n]
Transfer is also a noun. [+ of] ⇒ ...an outright transfer of property.
8. ergative verb & verb If you transfer or are transferred when you are on a journey, you change from one vehicle to another. [V + from/to] ⇒ He likes to transfer from the bus to the Blue Line at 103rd Street in Watts. [be V-ed + from/to] ⇒ 1,654 passengers were transferred at sea to a Norwegian cruise ship. 9. countable noun Transfers are pieces of paper with a design on one side. The design can be transferred by heat or pressure onto material, paper, or china for decoration. ⇒ ...gold letter transfers. 10. countable noun A transfer is a ticket that you get when you leave a bus or train that allows you to go on a different bus or train without paying again.
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