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”).