Refer meaning

rĭ-fûr
To turn for information, aid, or authority (to)

To refer to a map.

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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.

He referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.

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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.

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To apply to an antecedent.

In “the man who spoke”, “who” refers to the antecedent “man”

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To direct the attention of.

The shop assistant referred me to the help desk on ground floor.

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To submit to (another person or group) for consideration; to send or direct elsewhere.

He referred the matter to the principal.

To refer a patient to a psychiatrist.

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(intransitive, construed with to) To allude to, make a reference or allusion to.
  • (grammar) To be referential to another element in a sentence.
verb
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To direct attention, or make reference or allusion (to)

To refer to an earlier event.

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To direct to a source for help or information.

Referred her to a heart specialist; referred me to his last employer for a recommendation.

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To submit (a matter in dispute) to an authority for arbitration, decision, or examination.
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To direct the attention of.

I refer you to the training manual.

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To speak or write about something briefly or incidentally; make reference.

Referred during our conversation to several books he was reading.

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To turn one's attention, as in seeking information.

Refer to a dictionary.

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To assign or attribute (to) as cause or origin.
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To assign, or regard or name as belonging (to a kind, class, date, etc.)
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To submit (a quarrel, question, etc.) for determination or settlement.
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To send or direct (someone) to someone or something for aid, information, etc.
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To relate or apply (to); be concerned or deal.
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Origin of refer

  • Middle English referren from Old French referer from Latin referre re- re- ferre to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English referren, from Old French referer, from Latin referre.

    From Wiktionary