What does reference mean?

Definitions for reference
ˈrɛf ər əns, ˈrɛf rənsref·er·ence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reference.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mention, reference(noun)

    a remark that calls attention to something or someone

    "she made frequent mention of her promotion"; "there was no mention of it"; "the speaker made several references to his wife"

  2. citation, cite, acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention, quotation(noun)

    a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

    "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"

  3. reference point, point of reference, reference(noun)

    an indicator that orients you generally

    "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"

  4. reference book, reference, reference work, book of facts(noun)

    a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts

    "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"

  5. character, reference, character reference(noun)

    a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability

    "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"

  6. reference, denotation, extension(noun)

    the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to

    "the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"

  7. reference, consultation(noun)

    the act of referring or consulting

    "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"

  8. reference, source(noun)

    a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to

    "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"; "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"

  9. address, computer address, reference(noun)

    (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored

  10. reference(verb)

    the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to

    "he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"

  11. reference, cite(verb)

    refer to

    "he referenced his colleagues' work"

Wiktionary

  1. reference(Noun)

    A relationship or relation (to something).

  2. reference(Noun)

    A measurement one can compare to.

  3. reference(Noun)

    Information about a person, provided by someone (a referee) with whom they are well acquainted

  4. reference(Noun)

    A reference work.

  5. reference(Noun)

    A relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object.

  6. reference(Noun)

    A short written identification of a previously published work which is used as a source for a text.

  7. reference(Noun)

    A previously published written work thus indicated; a source.

  8. reference(Noun)

    An object containing information which refers to data stored elsewhere, as opposed to containing the data itself.

  9. reference(Verb)

    to refer to, to make reference to, to cite

    Reference the dictionary for word meanings.

  10. reference(Verb)

    to mention

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reference(noun)

    the act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, reference to a chart for guidance

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  2. Reference(noun)

    that which refers to something; a specific direction of the attention; as, a reference in a text-book

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  3. Reference(noun)

    relation; regard; respect

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  4. Reference(noun)

    one who, or that which, is referred to

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  5. Reference(noun)

    one of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, and the like, of another

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  6. Reference(noun)

    a work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  7. Reference(noun)

    the act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one or more persons for decision

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  8. Reference(noun)

    the process of sending any matter, for inquiry in a cause, to a master or other officer, in order that he may ascertain facts and report to the court

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

  9. Reference(noun)

    appeal

    Etymology: [See Refer.]

Freebase

  1. Reference

    Reference is a relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object. The first object in this relation is said to refer to the second object. The second object – the one to which the first object refers – is called the referent of the first object. The term reference is used in many spheres of human knowledge, adopting shades of meaning particular to the contexts in which it is used. References can take on many forms, including: a thought, a sensory perception that is audible, visual, olfactory, or tactile, emotional state, relationship with other, spacetime coordinate, symbolic or alpha-numeric, a physical object or an energy projection; but, other concrete and abstract contexts exist as methods of defining references within the scope of the various fields that require an origin, point of departure, or an original form. This includes methods that intentionally hide the reference from some observers, as in cryptography. The following sections give specific usages of reference in different subjects.

Editors Contribution

  1. reference

    A source for a specific form of data, facts, information, research or statistics.

    The reference for the media article is accurate, fair and just.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reference' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1341

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reference' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1692

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reference' in Nouns Frequency: #457

How to pronounce reference?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reference in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reference in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of reference in a Sentence

  1. Erin Renzas:

    We believe that credit bubbles and over-indebtedness will be a challenge over the next decade. (Credit Reference) Bureaus and regulation will be a big part of the solution.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    The reference point is the agreement of Feb. 20, we have not changed one iota. You may have heard some of this before. But then not much has happened in the last few weeks.

  3. Deutsche Boerse:

    The reason for the de-listing is a missing reference data for these shares.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Do you know? No condition of life is too bad to become good, better and even the best. Do you also know? No human life as well is too damaged or beyond salvation. Besides, there is an iota or atom of sense right inside every so seemed or called nonsense. Yes of course, because when you remove non from every so called nonsense what remains is sense. Now, that is to say obviously, there is also always something in every nothing. Moreover, that signifies conclusively, your so seemed worst condition or circumstance isn't the worst actually. And your so seemed most miserable life isn't the most miserable in the real sense. For, God can effortlessly make up every so seemed worst condition to become the best. Even the most miserable life right here or out there, can become the most enviable life ever. Yes you heard me right as usual, God can do all that and he will do even more than that. If only you do believe in his abilities and words undoubtedly. For, it is ever meant to be unto anyone according to his or her faith, scripture reference (MATTHEW 9:29). -Emeasoba George

  5. Mario Andrada:

    French prosecutors and the Guardian newspaper do not make any reference to the Rio 2016 candidacy, they only cite the city as to exemplify a process which, according to them, had a problem in the preliminary phase.

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Translations for reference

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  • إشارةArabic
  • odkazCzech
  • Referenz, referenzieren, QuelleGerman
  • πηγέςGreek
  • referencoEsperanto
  • referenciaSpanish
  • referents, soovitus, viitama, allikasEstonian
  • referenssi, viitata, viite, suositus, lähdeviittaus, mainita, vertausarvo, lähdeFinnish
  • recommandation, référenceFrench
  • iomradhScottish Gaelic
  • referansHaitian Creole
  • riferimentoItalian
  • 参考, 照会, 参照する, 出典, 言及する, 照会先Japanese
  • ಉಲ್ಲೇಖKannada
  • 참조, 참고, 參照, 參考Korean
  • سه‌رچاوه‌Kurdish
  • referente, referentie, referentDutch
  • henvisningNorwegian
  • naaltsoos bitsʼą́ą́dóó ééhóziniiNavajo, Navaho
  • odnosić się doPolish
  • referenciar, referência, mencionarPortuguese
  • referință, sursă de referințăRomanian
  • референция, ссылаться, рекомендация, характеристика, ссылка, отношение, упоминать, поручительство, отсылка, источник, образец, СправкаRussian
  • källhänvisning, källaSwedish
  • குறிப்புTamil
  • referans, kaynakTurkish
  • довідкаUkrainian
  • ریفرنسUrdu
  • tài liệu tham khảoVietnamese

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. butch
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. proprietary
    • D. equivalent

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