Definition of transfer in English:

transfer

Pronunciation: /trɑːnsˈfəː//transˈfəː//trɑːnzˈfəː//tranzˈfəː/

verb

  • 1Move from one place to another.

    [with object] ‘he intends to transfer the fund's assets to the Treasury’
    [no object] ‘I went to sleep on the couch before transferring to my bedroom later in the night’
    • ‘Fresh questions have been raised about whether BSE can pass to sheep after officials confirmed they had transferred the disease to an animal considered the most resistant.’
    • ‘For immunoblots, proteins were transferred electrophoretically to nitrocellulose and resulting replicas were probed with antibodies.’
    • ‘At ten I transferred myself from the couch to the bed.’
    • ‘The seedlings are then individually transferred to tubes containing nutrient solutions adulterated with different concentrations of lead.’
    • ‘Finally, if you need a blood transfusion (when donated blood is transferred into your body), you may need a blood test to check what blood group you are.’
    • ‘When I moved a few weeks ago I transferred the drawers to the top of the new desk, since I don't have drawers at the new place.’
    • ‘Work has been transferred to Scotland in a move which will see a small number of jobs created and add around £400,000 to group turnover.’
    • ‘We will find all the voter registration forms transferred by the centre and pass them to the police for investigation.’
    • ‘On all four occasions, patients were transferred to other hospitals in the city.’
    • ‘Two to three embryos are routinely transferred to the uterus.’
    • ‘Her friend Mandy used to support Leeds but has transferred her loyalties to Scarborough after moving to the resort from Hull.’
    • ‘Larvae were collected, counted, and transferred to a new food vial.’
    • ‘I was simply transferring all the available funds to Beirut to take advantage of the interest rates there.’
    • ‘She was then transferred by ambulance to the Balfour Hospital.’
    • ‘The money is transferred immediately from your account to the seller's.’
    • ‘Here's the trick: several card companies allow you to make balance transfers directly into your bank account.’
    • ‘Otherwise, the grease and dirt on the gloves transfers to the couch or clothing.’
    • ‘A 54-year-old white male patient was transferred to our hospital for worsening pneumonia.’
    • ‘The money was subsequently transferred into the province's student loan fund.’
    • ‘Then transfer all the money to that fund.’
    move, convey, shift, remove, take, carry, fetch, lift, bring, bear, conduct, send, pass on, transport, relay, change, relocate, resettle, transplant, uproot
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    1. 1.1Move to another department, occupation, etc.
      [no object] ‘she transferred to the Physics Department’
      [with object] ‘employees have been transferred to the installation team’
      • ‘Where is the evidence that transferring the department to the Ministry of Justice will overcome whatever the problems were?’
      • ‘The Public and Commercial Services Union has agreed to represent the men to try to stop the department's plans to transfer their jobs to the private sector.’
      • ‘As all of the civil servants have been transferred to other departments there was no one to make the tea, so I had to do it.’
      • ‘Many major departments would be transferred to St Helier Hospital.’
      • ‘Every time you transfer to a different facility, you'll need to learn massive amounts of information unique to that site in order to qualify at that particular facility.’
      • ‘Given the turnover of council staff he said he would be surprised if there were compulsory redundancies, although some staff may transfer departments.’
      • ‘There is an established practice of civil servants transferring between departments to gain experience and this was facilitated by the clerical and administrative nature of their work.’
      • ‘He said 140 personnel from his department will have transferred to Killarney by the early part of next year.’
      • ‘My dad's an engineer and the company he worked for was transferring him to a different branch in Chicago.’
      • ‘The New Zealand Forest Service has been totally changed with some functions being transferred to the Department of Conservation and the sale of cutting rights for a number of forests.’
      • ‘Reshuffling the department by transferring teachers to other position will not be of great help to our learners.’
      • ‘In the spring of 1957, he was transferred to the editorial department, where he was involved in editing ‘Chili’.’
      • ‘Those departments have been transferred from the company's existing offices in Sandbach, Cheshire.’
      • ‘After turning 17, he will be transferred to an adult Department of Corrections facility, to serve the remainder of his 30-year sentence.’
      • ‘For a two-year period, he worked in the old force control room before moving to Kendal traffic department, later transferring to the North and West Traffic Unit.’
      • ‘This figure included some 30,000 new employees - including teachers - who had been transferred from central government departments.’
      • ‘He is demanding that the 170,000 federal employees being transferred into the new department lose both their civil service protection and union representation.’
      • ‘Eight months after transferring from the Department of Health, he spends a lot of his time not talking about Enterprise.’
      • ‘This time, though, it turned out that the person I'd been dealing with for the last year had transferred to another branch.’
      • ‘A further 140 jobs are being transferred from the Department of Agriculture in Dublin to Claremorris.’
    2. 1.2(in football and other sports) move to another team.
      [no object] ‘he transferred to the Brooklyn Dodgers’
      [with object] ‘he was transferred to Arsenal for £750,000’
      • ‘While State authorities still cap players' salaries and have the final say on who can be transferred abroad, corporate-sponsored teams have rebuilt Chinese soccer.’
      • ‘I don't know what goes on in the world of football transfers these days.’
      • ‘United also revealed that it had paid a total of £5.5m to footballers' agents involved in player transfers over the past 12 months.’
      • ‘But three players transferred.’
      • ‘It drives transfer markets, makes football a viable business and keeps teams fresh.’
      • ‘Even larger amounts change hands when a star player is transferred from one club to another.’
      • ‘Rumors were rampant that he had quit the team and might transfer to Ohio State, where he had made a recruiting visit.’
      • ‘An athlete who transfers and sits out a year as required by NCAA rules does so by choice.’
      • ‘An example is the football club - you have players who if you transferred them all, you would have nothing on the field.’
      • ‘I agree the current players shouldn't be punished; let them transfer without having to sit out a year.’
      • ‘If he no longer has a key role on the team, then the club should allow him to transfer out to a side that will allow him to continue to display his awesome talents.’
      • ‘He moved over to St. Louis in 1899 when the owner of the two teams transferred his best players to the Cardinals.’
      • ‘These reasons could be anything from slating off other players to transfer rumours to their personal lives, but the fact is that they are the ones mostly in the limelight.’
      • ‘The club's chairman has also said that high-earning players who are not playing or performing for the first team will be transferred.’
      • ‘The former Kentucky center, who was booted off the team because he never returned from Christmas break, is transferring to Louisville.’
    3. 1.3[with object]Redirect (a telephone call) to a new line or extension.
      • ‘She asked if I would like to be transferred to the phone department to talk to someone about the phone charges that are wrong.’
      • ‘Eric heard a click as Haylie transferred the line.’
      • ‘Patient calls are seamlessly transferred among the different facilities.’
      • ‘The line was transferred to the man's office and he picked up as Vincent greeted, ‘Hey, Lionel.’’
    4. 1.4[with object]Copy (a drawing or design) from one surface to another.
      ‘drawings can be transferred to the artwork by rubbing them off the sheet’
      • ‘In a busy artist's workshop, the job of transferring the master's design to the support may well have been delegated to assistants.’
      • ‘They could use a light table or put graphite on the back of the newsprint to transfer the drawings to the good paper.’
      • ‘All the paper drawings were then transferred to animation cells in the traditional way.’
      • ‘‘I create them by freehand before transferring the designs to a computer,’ he said.’
      • ‘The drawing is transferred by tracing over the drawing while pressing firmly with a ballpoint pen.’
      • ‘To transfer the designs, students used a barren or wooden spoon, and applied consistent pressure to the entire surface.’
      • ‘Use a black, fine-tip, permanent marker to transfer the design.’
      • ‘Rub the back of the paper with the side of the pencil to transfer the drawing onto the eraser.’
      • ‘Yet once the drawings are transferred to sheets of Mylar or aluminum panels, she carefully fills their contours with enamel paint.’
      • ‘This plan allows you to correctly transfer your design to your floor so you won't have your centered design off in the corner.’
      • ‘At least one court case has found that transferring an artwork without obtaining the artist's permission is an infringement on that artist's copyright.’
      • ‘Additionally, an artist or publisher who transfers an artwork by a license can also retain greater control over the way it is marketed.’
      • ‘Students use their previously prepared drawings to transfer their images to the leather-hard clay planter.’
      • ‘This is a technique for producing pictures by transferring an image from one surface to another.’
      • ‘In the photogravure process, the image is photochemically transferred to an etching plate that has been coated with a light-sensitive emulsion.’
      • ‘After carefully measuring and arranging their designs, the students began the process of transferring their sketches to the black background.’
      • ‘He then turned his paper over, before placing it on the canvas and applying powdered chalk to transfer the design to the surface beneath.’
      • ‘The images were transferred lithographically or hand-painted on to glass using transparent pigments and then issued in sets of eight or twelve.’
      • ‘Using screen prints and stencils, images are transferred to stickers and stuck in clusters on newspaper boxes.’
      • ‘This method of enlargement has been used for hundreds of years when artists needed to transfer sketch designs to large walls for painting murals.’
    5. 1.5[with object]Copy (data, music, etc.) from one medium or device to another.
      ‘the new product lets users transfer data from palmtop to desktop with a click of the mouse’
      • ‘He reckons he's in the clear as he already paid a fee for being able to copy CD's and transfer music to other media.’
      • ‘It can be transferred between Fully Authenticated devices, but not recorded or stored on removable media.’
      • ‘Users can transfer music, video, photos, and even recorded television from their PCs to the portable device for playback anywhere.’
      • ‘Data is directly transferred between storage devices and client computers.’
      • ‘Users can also watch music videos, transfer songs to portable music players and burn tracks to CD.’
      • ‘Considering it can be used to transfer your entire music collection around the house, this is pretty good value, especially if you're going to plug it into an existing hi-fi system.’
      • ‘You'll also be able to transfer digital music files from your computer.’
      • ‘Know someone who wants to transfer music on old LPs and cassette tapes to MP3 files?’
      • ‘Users can wirelessly transfer files between notebooks and the PC - provided, that is, that the laptop is WLAN-enabled.’
      • ‘The toolbar also enables users to transfer online content to blogs by pressing a button.’
      • ‘A couple of weeks ago a friend asked me to transfer the music from his store-bought audio CDs onto a CDR in MP3 format for his car.’
      • ‘So, let's add it all up: you can download music and streaming video; rip music from CD or burn new CDs; and transfer music to other devices via USB.’
      • ‘A high-quality option for broadband users and the ability to transfer tracks to portable music players would be the icing on the cake.’
      • ‘It will also create playlists, transfer music to portable devices and burn standard audio CDs.’
      • ‘Data can also be transferred by USB cable and infra-red.’
      • ‘In either case, music tracks can be transferred to the device across a USB 2.0 connection.’
      • ‘We should not have to transfer music from one device to another.’
      • ‘My stress levels kicked up a notch, however, when I discovered I couldn't transfer my music library to the device.’
      • ‘The software places restrictions on how many times and to what devices a user can transfer music.’
      • ‘With us, he talks about being an amateur at everything, the difficulty to transfer electronic music from studio to live environment and continuously avoiding expectations.’
  • 2[no object] Change to another place, route, or means of transport during a journey.

    ‘passengers have to transfer at Heathrow for onward international flights’
    • ‘It means rail passengers will no longer have to transfer to buses for journeys around Stockport.’
    • ‘They escaped in a stolen car driven by a third man which was waiting on South King Street and the gang then transferred to another stolen car which was later found abandoned in Salford.’
    • ‘A few minutes later, the bus arrives at the location where I need to transfer to another route.’
    • ‘At one point I transferred to another bus and had to stand at a stop for about 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Another key dislike is transferring, they like a direct journey, really they want to get from A to B as quickly and as easily as possible.’
  • 3[with object] Make over the possession of (property, a right, or a responsibility) to another.

    ‘we will transfer full planning responsibility to local authorities’
    • ‘The seller transfers the property to a nominee who holds it in trust for the seller, who then in effect sells his rights under the trust, thus avoiding duty completely.’
    • ‘Transfer of custody does not transfer responsibility.’
    • ‘The certificate is not a document of title and its delivery does not transfer any property in the shares covered by it.’
    • ‘Town trusts were set up in the 1800s to protect people from corrupt boroughs but many transferred their responsibilities after parish and town councils were established in 1894.’
    • ‘Even if a property is transferred for a value less than prescribed guidance value, the stamp duty are registration are payable as per the guidance value.’
    • ‘The radical move forms part of a shake-up in licensing laws which will see the power to grant liquor licences transferred from magistrates to local authorities.’
    • ‘Eight congregations had yet to transfer property to the State when the deal was signed in June, 2002.’
    • ‘Congress has passed a bill transferring jurisdiction of the case to a federal court, and the President has signed it into law.’
    • ‘Local and state legislatures eagerly read the Court's decision as an invitation to transfer other people's property to private developers.’
    • ‘Confiscation will also be possible even if the property has passed to legal heirs, or if it was transferred to a spouse or a separate legal entity.’
    • ‘This liability is essentially your brother's, and is due irrespective of who he transfers the property to.’
    • ‘On top of this are costs like transfer duties on property, annual administration fees, stamp duties etc.’
    • ‘Nor was the purpose of the original grants of immunity to delegate power, but rather to transfer certain responsibilities to an intermediary.’
    • ‘The call comes as new licensing laws transferring responsibility for issuing licences from magistrates to the council came into force this week.’
    • ‘In effect, it would mean transferring responsibility from the county secretary.’
    • ‘First, property rights were transferred from advanced cooperatives to the commune, further centralizing ownership.’
    • ‘Moreover, one party cannot simply extinguish its responsibility by transferring custody to another.’
    • ‘The Government wants to transfer the onus of responsibility but without giving any remuneration for the costs associated with it.’
    • ‘In England, married women, children, idiots and distracted persons were prohibited from transferring property out of their estates.’
    • ‘While use rights in livestock are transferred frequently, ownership rights are predominantly transferred after the death of a herd owner.’
    hand over, pass on, make over, turn over, sign over, transmit, convey, consign, commit, devolve, assign, cede, surrender, relinquish, delegate, entrust, grant, give, refer
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  • 4[with object] Change (the sense of a word or phrase) by extension or metaphor.

    ‘a transferred use of the Old English noun’
    • ‘This is a transferred usage, from the start, which does not at all minimize the systematic weight attached to it.’
    • ‘Quite different is the Chinese term ‘scorch heart’, which transfers the metaphor of heat to the domain of worry.’
    • ‘Only later was the word transferred to the thing being manipulated to give us the modern sense.’
    • ‘I am a lapsed Catholic and have no doubt transferred that sense of scripture from the Bible to poetry.’
    • ‘Because the different strands of Victorian intellectual life were so interconnected, metaphors were constantly transferred from one to another.’

noun

  • 1An act of moving something or someone to another place, organization, team, etc.

    ‘a transfer of wealth to the EU's poorer nations’
    ‘she asked her boss for a transfer to the city’
    [mass noun] ‘a patient had died after transfer from the County Hospital to St Peter's’
    • ‘Tara said she would arrange the transfer to another account but she did not do this.’
    • ‘The prisoner walked out of HMP Kirkham open prison within hours of his transfer from a secure unit.’
    • ‘The use of a systematic clinical protocol reduced hospital costs and length of stay and improved transfer of patients within the hospital.’
    • ‘Gift economies are not so much exchanges between two agents as they are transfers, the sheer moving of stuff through webs of human relations.’
    • ‘Though ghost stories of the Kakaako Fire Stations have thrived, it has not prompted firefighters to request a transfer to another station.’
    • ‘Yet after nearly 100 years of this, and massive transfers of wealth from earners to takers, the arguments are still the same.’
    • ‘That, however, is regarded as a radical solution, since it would erode the value of savings and amount to a huge transfer of wealth to borrowers.’
    • ‘Not only does that entail a transfer of wealth from cities to suburbs, it also means that services are not supplied where they are most valued.’
    • ‘First, speculative activity behaves like a pendulum involving a transfer of wealth from one section of the population to another.’
    • ‘The direct transfer of wealth and material from conquered peoples, as practised by the Romans, the British, and even the Russians after 1945, just hasn't happened.’
    • ‘Property booms, like any booms, are nothing more than a transfer of wealth from one section of society to another.’
    • ‘Even with the lowered estimate of the wealth transfer, no one denies that more than $1 trillion will still end up in Boomer pockets over the next decade.’
    • ‘Booms are almost by definition a huge transfer of wealth from one section of the population to another leaving many in the lurch.’
    • ‘Are transfers of wealth to Third World governments really an aid to economic development?’
    • ‘And, despite the newly deflated estimates of the wealth transfer, businesses are still vying to help Boomers spend their parents' money.’
    • ‘One tool might be to authorize interbasin transfers, moving water from one basin to another.’
    • ‘Teachers claim the transfers are designed to divert attention from the shortage of trained teachers in the system.’
    • ‘It engineered a net transfer of wealth, at an increasing rate, from the poor countries to the rich, making the former poorer and the latter richer.’
    • ‘There is a mandatory 10-day waiting period to allow for the possibility of a transfer to another hospital, to allow for a trip to the court house.’
    • ‘A transfer of authority to another body lessens our own Government's sovereignty and the ability to determine domestic standards and conformance.’
    movement, move, moving, shifting, shift, handover, relocation, repositioning, transplant, redirection, conveyance, transferral, transference, removal, change, changeover, switch, conversion
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    1. 1.1A conveyance of property, especially stocks and shares, from one person to another.
      ‘the transfer of assets from wealthy individuals to family members’
      • ‘What would have been a reasonable time for registration of the share transfers?’
      • ‘Whether the same applies to transfers of company property by the controllers in order to put it out of the reach of creditors, in circumstances of actual or pending insolvency, remains doubtful.’
      • ‘In many, if not most, cases, the charge itself will have been executed before the execution, let alone the exchange, of the conveyance or transfer of the property.’
      • ‘Both parties shall execute all property transfers and documents reasonably necessary to fully effect the sale closing, failing which the court may be spoken to for directions.’
      • ‘Gifts to the university come to us as cash, stock transfers, property, pledges to be paid over time, wills, estates, trusts and life insurance policies.’
      • ‘Article 14 also contains provisions as to what should happen if the transferor defaults in executing a transfer of his shares.’
      • ‘If your Honour looks to the instrument of conveyance, the transfer, it is an unqualified transfer of the unencumbered fee simple.’
      • ‘The question here is whether a transfer of property that extinguishes the trust by merging the beneficial and legal interest can in any sense be said to retire a trustee.’
      • ‘Their effect is the early transfer of jurisdiction for management of such cases from magistrates to the Crown Court.’
      • ‘But thereafter further share transfers were not registered in the register of members.’
      • ‘Like capital acquisitions tax, all transfers of property under documents between spouses are exempt from stamp duty.’
      • ‘The simplest answer is that at key points in our history, forced transfers of property have been perceived to be the best solution to particular social problems.’
      • ‘It was also intended that, after the transfer of the properties, the new owner would manage the whole portfolio.’
      • ‘The second case concerned property or capital transfers made before the 1991 Act came into force.’
      • ‘After a period of time, the contract will be performed or completed by the transfer or conveyance of the legal estate by the vendor to the purchaser.’
      • ‘It is submitted that these transfers are fraudulent conveyances.’
      • ‘In a marriage breakdown, tie up property transfers by deed of separation/divorce which is confirmed by court decree.’
      • ‘‘Conveyance’ being the transfer of property from the conveyor to the purchaser.’
      • ‘In other words, it lays the legal foundations for the privatization of the country's oil wealth and its transfer to US-based energy conglomerates.’
      • ‘In addition, the trust must be constituted by the transfer of property to the trustee, which the Trustee maintains has not occurred.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun]The action of copying data from one medium or device to another.
      ‘data transfer between different manufacturers' drives’
      • ‘Device to device data transfer is now becoming highly desirable.’
      • ‘The reason is simple: higher rotational speeds lead to boosts in performance, as data transfer rates and access times benefit equally.’
      • ‘With that thought, let's cover one of the most basic components of the Web: the hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP.’
      • ‘Certainly, the Internet is the perfect medium for information transfer.’
      • ‘This occurs mainly on the PCI bus, where write requests may be held in the PCI controller in the hope that it may accumulate them for rapid transfer to the device.’
      • ‘Download links are a function of http (hypertext transfer protocol - the way websites communicate to web visitors).’
      • ‘You can see that we're beginning to talk about terabytes of storage and transfer rates approaching gigabytes per-second.’
      • ‘The reader is introduced to the concept of packetized data transfer, open networking, reference models, and standards bodies.’
      • ‘With a task running with predictable timing, real-time memory for data transfer was needed.’
      • ‘They cover a variety of systems for radio email transfer.’
      • ‘The synchronisation, file transfer and back-up software that installs on your PCs works very well.’
      • ‘E-mail now combines the features of word processors, file transfer, and multimedia file management.’
      • ‘It takes advantage of the 480 Mb/sec maximum transfer rate the USB 2.0 interface is offering.’
      • ‘If the keys match, the remote server permits and establishes your login or file transfer session.’
      • ‘A plurality of directors control data transfer between the host computer and the bank of disk drives as such data passes through the memory.’
      • ‘We're trying to establish if this device provides enough throughput to be useful for data transfer.’
      • ‘It is file sharing on the Internet that occurs outside of the traditional forms of file transfer - http and ftp.’
      • ‘The transfer of snapshot copies to a remote location can be scheduled and prioritized to optimize available network bandwidth.’
      • ‘The USB standard supports data transfer rates of 12 Mbps.’
  • 2British A small coloured picture or design on paper, which can be transferred to another surface by being pressed or heated.

    ‘T-shirts with iron-on transfers’
    • ‘To offer no extras seems a crime but I'll settle for the gorgeous transfer and original anamorphic aspect ratio.’
    • ‘On one side of the cloth are transfers of photos and newspaper cuttings and on the reverse I wrote this poem.’
    • ‘It's easier to use, is more consistent and has a larger surface for bigger transfers.’
    • ‘They did a fine job with the transfer, as the picture is clear and crisp.’
    • ‘Once the paper is removed, wipe away the backing residue from the transfer with a paper towel.’
    • ‘You can stencil, stamp, use an iron-on transfer or freehand a design.’
    • ‘Assorted paint sets are available with projects or iron-on transfers.’
    • ‘A local company came to the rescue with a brilliant way of putting our designs on to their computer and producing huge transfers which could be stuck straight on to the caravan.’
    • ‘You have a hoop, needle, iron-on transfers and skeins of embroidery floss.’
    • ‘Two of the items purchased include iron-on transfers.’
  • 3An act of changing to another place, route, or means of transport during a journey.

    ‘bus transfers between the airport and the city centre cost about £11’
    • ‘Despite bursts of slow running south of Fort Lauderdale we arrived at the Miami Metrorail transfer only 7 minutes late.’
    • ‘Warwick station is a major park-and-ride, bus transfer and walk-on station.’
    • ‘When we are in town in July, this transfer will be made on a weekday, so we will have better access to the station.’
    • ‘The airline's situation deteriorated further following its costly transfer to the new Athens-Spata International Airport.’
    • ‘This line would afford our group a convenient transfer to the Flushing end of the 7 line.’
    • ‘Just north of the Metrorail transfer station we passed Amtrak's yards and Miami area station on the left.’
    • ‘The transfer was missed since the train was running late.’
    • ‘This transfer would delay the latter train a few minutes, long enough for us to make our transfer.’
    • ‘Our trip was several minutes to Jackson, where we detrained for our transfer.’
    • ‘With a single fare card, it is also easy to encourage using public transport by introducing rebates for intermodal transfer.’
    • ‘Waldorf Transfer Co. was a small, local contractor in Hamilton, Ontario that provided baggage transfer between various stations.’
    • ‘There is still one transfer a day between Lambton and Toronto Yard, handling local traffic for as far west as Streetsville and Guelph Junction!’
    • ‘At Dave's request, the station dispatcher routed us to the track adjacent to the Lake Shore to enable a simple cross-platform transfer for this lady.’
    • ‘The business folks had shared $80 cab rides from the Miami Metrorail transfer to West Palm Beach.’
    • ‘Hopefully he caught the right subway trains, made his transfer, and got to the station with enough time to catch his Metro North train home.’
    • ‘Base fare on the line is $1.75, but with the unlimited transfers one can feel they got their money's worth.’
    • ‘The shortage of sheltered safe berthing forces commercial craft to moor off in stormy conditions with potentially hazardous transfers in open boats.’
    • ‘It was possible to get to Smyrna by bus but it would take several transfers one of which would be to another county's bus system.’
    • ‘I have never read anything about transfers being available.’
    • ‘The station was recently rebuilt, and we found that the transfer between directions is within the paid area of the station.’
    1. 3.1North American A ticket allowing a passenger to change from one public transport vehicle to another as part of a single journey.
      ‘you get a transfer, you have to get that train’
      • ‘Twenty stations and unlimited transfers allow riders to move easily from one line to another, and one fare takes them nearly anywhere in the metropolitan region.’
      • ‘The metro system in the reference design is very cunning: there are only three lines, and everything is reachable with a single transfer.’
      • ‘The timetables should offer frequent services with common minimum standards across the whole city, and fares should allow for free transfers.’
      • ‘Passengers can ask for a transfer ticket when they board the bus.’
      • ‘The new system will feature magnetic FareSaver tickets and ticket transfers which passengers will be able to insert into digital fare boxes on buses.’
      • ‘This guy killed a bus driver over a bus transfer ticket.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb): from French transférer or Latin transferre, from trans- across + ferre to bear. The earliest use of the noun (late 17th century) was as a legal term in the sense ‘conveyance of property’.

Pronunciation:

transfer

/ˈtransfəː//ˈtranzfəː//ˈtrɑːnsfəː//ˈtrɑːnzfəː/