- Refer is defined as to direct to for something needed, or to make a reference.
- An example of refer is for a woman to suggest that her friend visit a specific doctor.
- An example of refer is to include an in-text citation in a research paper.
- to assign or attribute (to) as cause or origin
- to assign, or regard or name as belonging (to a kind, class, date, etc.)
- to submit (a quarrel, question, etc.) for determination or settlement
- to send or direct (someone) to someone or something for aid, information, etc.
Origin: Middle English referren from Middle French referer from Classical Latin referre from re-, back plush ferre, to bear
- to relate or apply (to); be concerned or deal
- to direct attention, or make reference or allusion (to): to refer to an earlier event
- to turn for information, aid, or authority (to): to refer to a map
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verb re·ferred, re·fer·ring, re·fers verb, transitive
- To direct to a source for help or information: referred her to a heart specialist; referred me to his last employer for a recommendation.
- To assign or attribute to; regard as originated by.
- To assign to or regard as belonging within a particular kind or class.
- To submit (a matter in dispute) to an authority for arbitration, decision, or examination.
- To direct the attention of: refer him to his duties.
- To pertain; concern: questions referring to yesterday's lecture.
- To make mention or reference.
- To have recourse; turn: refer to a dictionary.
Origin: Middle English referren, from Old French referer, from Latin referre : re-, re- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- refˈer·a·ble adjective
- re·ferˈral noun
- re·ferˈrer noun