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Definitions of refer

  1. To have relation; to allude; to have recourse; to appeal; to point to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To carry or send back. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To submit to another person or authority for information or decision; as, they referred the question to the president; to direct or send for information, etc.; as, to refer one to the dictionary; to place in a certain class, or explain as due to a certain cause. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To submit to another person or authority: to assign: to reduce. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To take or send back; submit to another; assign. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To direct, as for information; assign; attribute. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To have relation or reference; to relate; to point; as, the figure refers to a footnote. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To carry the mind or thought; to direct attention; as, the preacher referred to the late election. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To direct attention; allude; as, he did not refer to the war; appeal; apply; as, he referred frequently to his notes; to direct one person to another for information; as, to refer to a former employer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To have reference or recourse: to relate: to allude:-pr.p. referring; pa.t. and pa.p. referred. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision; "refer a patient to a specialist"; "refer a bill to a committee" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To have reference; allude. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To give a reference. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To submit to another for information or decision; to reduce; to assign. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To direct or send to for information or judgment; to assign, as to a class or order; to point or have reference; to impute; to have recourse; to allude. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Referring. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Referred. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for refer

  1. " I shall refer my friend to that passage for his answer, and also remind him that no one can be saved by works. – Elsie at Nantucket by Martha Finley
  2. I take it you refer to the Lord of Citta di Castello. – The Shame of Motley by Raphael Sabatini
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