transferred sense

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • transf. (lexicographic abbreviation)

Noun[edit]

transferred sense (plural transferred senses)

  1. A (usually looser) meaning of a word or phrase developed from a metaphoric application of its original signification (for example, hunger has the primary and original sense “want of food”, “craving appetite”; whence developed the transferred sense of “any strong desire or craving”).