Definitions for referrɪˈfɜr
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to direct to a person, place, etc., for information or anything required.
to direct the attention of:
The asterisk refers the reader to a footnote.
to submit for decision, information, etc.:
to refer a dispute to arbitration.
to assign to a class, period, etc.; classify.
to have relation; relate; apply.
(v.i.)to direct attention.
to have recourse, as for aid or information.
to make reference or allusion.
Origin of refer:
1325–75; ME referren < L referre to bring back =re-re - +ferre to bring, bear1
mention, advert, bring up, cite, name, refer(verb)
make reference to
"His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with(verb)
be relevant to
"There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another
"This plant can be referred to a known species"
send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision
"refer a patient to a specialist"; "refer a bill to a committee"
consult, refer, look up(verb)
seek information from
"You should consult the dictionary"; "refer to your notes"
have as a meaning
"`multi-' denotes `many' "
use a name to designate
"Christians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to indicate or mention
I was referring to his comment about the political situation.; She referred to me as "my little helper."
to mean or describe
"El Ni; ño" refers to a warming of surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.
to use to gain information
You may refer to your dictionary during the test.
to send to sb for help, advice, etc.
The doctor referred me to a cancer specialist.
To direct the attention of.
The shop assistant referred me to the help desk on ground floor.
To submit to an authority figure for consideration.
He referred the matter to the principal.
To allude to, make a reference or allusion to.
Origin: * From referren, from referer, from referre, from re- + ferre; see bher- in Indo-European Roots.
to carry or send back
hence: To send or direct away; to send or direct elsewhere, as for treatment, aid, information, decision, etc.; to make over, or pass over, to another; as, to refer a student to an author; to refer a beggar to an officer; to refer a bill to a committee; a court refers a matter of fact to a commissioner for investigation, or refers a question of law to a superior tribunal
to place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive, reason, or ground of explanation; as, he referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances
to have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary
to have relation or reference; to relate; to point; as, the figure refers to a footnote
to carry the mind or thought; to direct attention; as, the preacher referred to the late election
to direct inquiry for information or a guarantee of any kind, as in respect to one's integrity, capacity, pecuniary ability, and the like; as, I referred to his employer for the truth of his story
refer is a program for managing bibliographic references, and citing them in troff documents. It is implemented as a troff preprocessor. refer was written by Mike E. Lesk at Bell Laboratories in or before 1978, and is now available as part of most Unix-like operating systems. A free reimplementation exists as part of the groff package. refer works with a reference file, a text file where the author lists works to which she might want to refer. One such reference might look like: The author then can refer to it in her troff document by listing keywords which uniquely match this reference: refer sees little use today, primarily because troff itself is not used much for longer technical writing that might need software support for reference and citation management.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'refer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2813
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'refer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2010
Rank popularity for the word 'refer' in Verbs Frequency: #166
Translations for refer
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to talk or write (about something); to mention
He doesn't like anyone referring to his wooden leg; I referred to your theories in my last book.
- يُشير إلى، يَذْكُرArabic
- referir-se aPortuguese (BR)
- zmiňovat se, mluvit oCzech
- αναφέρω, αναφέρομαιGreek
- referirse a, hacer alusión aSpanish
- mainima, viitamaEstonian
- اشاره کردنFarsi
- faire allusionàFrench
- לְהִתייַחֵס אֶל-Hebrew
- सुपुर्द करनाHindi
- aludirati, pozvati se na neštoCroatian
- utal vkire, vmireHungarian
- vísa til, minnast áIcelandic
- kalbėti, užsiminti apie, nurodytiLithuanian
- norādīt; atsaukties (uz autoru u.tml.)Latvian
- vise til, nevneNorwegian
- wspomnieć, przytoczyćPolish
- اشاره کردنPersian
- رجوع كول، حواله كول، ليږل، ورګرځول، ورليږل، نسبت وركولPashto
- referir-se aPortuguese
- a face aluzie/referire laRomanian
- zmieniť sa (o), hovoriť (o)Slovak
- uputiti naSerbian
- nämna, hänvisa tillSwedish
- ...-den söz etmek, ...-e ilişkin olmakTurkish
- 提到，談起Chinese (Trad.)
- حوالہ دیناUrdu
- nhắc tớiVietnamese
- 提到，（谈）到Chinese (Simp.)
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