Does their use depend on the context? Or are both words utterly equivalents?


They are not the same. Transfer means generally to move something from one place to another. The thing can be anything that can be moved from place to place.

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  • Elliot, you're a bit less than half right. Your first paragraph is accurate (though unsubstantiated), but your second paragraph is wrong on multiple counts. Firstly, transference ordinarily means "The action of transferring something or the process of being transferred." There is indeed a more specific meaning in psychoanalysis, but your description also has several errors. This is why we strongly recommend that answers include supporting evidence. For further guidance, see How to Answer and take the EL&U Tour. :-) – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Feb 12 '19 at 12:31

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