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verb transfer pronunciation in British English /trænsˈfɜː(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletransferring
past tensetransferred
past participletransferred
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move from one job, office, or department to another in the same company or organization
    transfer to: I’m transferring to our Tokyo office next year.
    transfer someone from something to something: Helen was transferred from marketing to sales.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to move someone or something from one place to another
      transfer someone/something to something: Wait until the cakes cool before transferring them to a plate.
      Our tour group was transferred to the hotel by bus.
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to stop studying at one school or university and go to another
      transfer to: The children will transfer to a new school in September.
    3. c.
      [transitive] to move money from one account or bank to another
      I need to transfer £500 to my daughter’s account.
    4. d.
      [transitive] British to sell a professional sports player to another team
      Ferdinand was transferred to Leeds for £18 million.
    5. e.
      [intransitive/transitive] to move from one bus, vehicle, plane, or boat to another as part of a longer journey
      We’re being transferred to another plane in Amsterdam.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to stop giving your time or support to one person or thing and give it to another
    The time came to transfer their attention from study to practical life.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to let someone speak to another person by changing telephone lines for them
    Please hold the line while I transfer you.
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  4. 4
    [transitive] to officially arrange for someone else to become the owner of something
    They are transferring the deeds to the new owner.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to copy information or images from one place or object to another
    I want you to transfer the files onto a disk.



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