Meaning of “transfer” in the English Dictionary

"transfer" in British English

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uk /trænsˈfɜːr/ us /ˈtræns.fɝː/ -rr-

B1 [ T ] to move someone or something from one place, vehicle, person, or group to another:

He has been transferred to a psychiatric hospital.
She transferred her gun from its shoulder holster to her handbag.
We were transferred from one bus into another.
Police are investigating how £20 million was illegally transferred from/out of the trust's bank account.

to arrange for someone to answer phone calls received on one telephone on another telephone:

I'll be upstairs, so could you transfer my phone calls up there, please?

B2 [ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to change to a different job, team, place of work, etc., or to make someone do this:

After a year he transferred to University College, Dublin.
My employer wanted to transfer me to another department.
Some very high-profile players have transferred to clubs abroad.
He threatened to give up playing if his club didn't transfer him (= sell him to another team).

[ T ] to make something the legal property of another person:

She transferred the house to her daughter before she died.

More examples

  • The new government's policy is to transfer state industries from the public sector to the private sector.
  • It was his instinct for self-preservation that led him to abandon his former friends and transfer his allegiance to the new rulers.
  • I transferred the mixture to an oven-proof dish.
  • She has transferred her affection to someone else now.
  • He transferred to the Paris branch in May.
adjective uk /trænsˈfɜː.rə.bəl/ us /trænsˈfɝː.ə.bəl/

The tickets were marked "not transferable".


uk /ˈtræns.fɜːr/ us /ˈtræns.fɝː/

transfer noun (MOVE/CHANGE)

B2 the movement of something or someone from one place, position, etc. to another:

the transfer of information
Black's transfer to the Austin office came as a shock his colleagues.
The official transfer of ownership will take a few days to complete.

More examples

  • His transfer to Liverpool hit the headlines.
  • Any transfer of cash must be registered.
  • The transfer of responsibility to our department means a heavier workload.

(Definition of “transfer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"transfer" in American English

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transferverb [ I/T ]

us /trænsˈfɜr, ˈtræns·fər/ -rr-

to move from one place, person, or position to another, or to cause someone or something to move:

[ I ] She studied for two years at Smith College, then transferred to the University of Chicago.
[ T ] Transfer your weight to your front foot as you swing.

When property is transferred to someone, legal ownership is changed from one person to another:

[ T ] Franklin transferred the car to his brother.
adjective /trænsˈfɜr·ə·bəl/

Prizes are not transferable except to a surviving spouse.

transfernoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtræns·fər/

a move from one place, person, or position to another :

[ C ] I got my money through an electronic transfer into my account.

(Definition of “transfer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"transfer" in Business English

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uk /trænsˈfɜːr/ us -rr-

[ T ] to move someone or something from one place to another:

transfer sb/sth to sth The company is to transfer 1500 jobs to India by the end of the year.
Anyone transferring a pension from one company to another could be hit by early exit penalties.
The idea is to transfer all the firm's operational business to the web.

[ I or T ] WORKPLACE to change to a different job, team, place of work, or situation, or to make someone do this:

transfer to sth A small number of employees will be offered a chance to transfer to California.
transfer sb to sth The manager transferred him to another store.
transfer between sth You can transfer between ISA providers during the tax year.

[ T ] BANKING, FINANCE to move money from one account to another:

transfer sth to/into sth The money will be transferred into your bank account.
He opened an instant access account and transferred his savings.

[ T ] IT to move data from one computer, system, etc. to another:

transfer sth to sth All forms have been transferred to disk.

[ T ] LAW to make something the legal property of another person:

transfer sth to sb Married couples do not have to pay this tax if property is transferred from one to the other after death.

[ T ] COMMUNICATIONS to pass a phone call from one phone to another:

transfer sb to sb Please hold while I transfer you to my supervisor.


uk /ˈtrænsfɜːr/ us

[ U ] the process of moving someone or something from one place to another:

Very little of the bank's business will be affected by the parent group's transfer of jobs to Asia.
Technical problems were delaying the money transfer.

[ C ] an occasion when someone or something moves from one place to another:

Many merchants who prefer electronic transfers to dealing with the paper checks.
This account requires 14 days' notice for transfers out.
He loved living there but had to sell because of a job transfer.

[ U ] LAW the act of making something the legal property of another person:

You will need to pay a solicitor to handle the transfer of ownership of the property from the seller to you.

(Definition of “transfer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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