I want to describe moving a list of files to another department. What word would be appropriate to use here? Currently I'm using "swap". Please let me know if that's suitable and suggest alternatives.

  • It depends on the situation. How are you moving the files? digitally? physically?
    – Maulik V
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:12
  • digitally. A file with list of accounts to be moved from one department to another .
    – Santhosh
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:13
  • What do you mean by "department" if you're talking digitally? Feb 20, 2014 at 12:18

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Thanks for the clarification.

Moving things digital may use the word like - transferring, proceeding from here to there or simply as we all know - moving! Among these, I'd use transfer as the system itself might say transfer complete!

Swap won't fit here. It means exchange and I don't think that's the case here (or at least in the scenario you mentioned).

swap (v) - to give something to somebody and receive something in exchange

  • Thanks for your answer . could i use "shift" here ?
    – Santhosh
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:19
  • @sankrish you can but then I prefer 'transfer' that has no ambiguity. That's the jargon we use when we transfer files from one place to another, don't we? In fact, the system itself says transfer complete.
    – Maulik V
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:26
  • But i guess i should stress the accounts inside the file.So its not similar to file transfer alone
    – Santhosh
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:28
  • I think it won't affect much. We are giving the name to the process and not the location! Whether it's within the setup or outside, if the files are moving from one place to another place, I'd prefer transfer and then further clarify from where to where. shift is also the word but with more ambiguity.
    – Maulik V
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:32

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