Reference Definition

rĕfər-əns, rĕfrəns
referenced, references, referencing
noun
references
The act of referring to something.
Filed away the article for future reference.
American Heritage
A referring or being referred; esp., submission of a problem, dispute, etc. to a person, committee, or authority for settlement.
Webster's New World
The directing of attention to a person or thing.
Webster's New World
Significance for a specified matter; relation or relationship.
Her speeches have special reference to environmental policy.
American Heritage
Meaning or denotation.
The reference of the word “lion” is to a kind of wild cat.
American Heritage
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verb
referenced, references, referencing
To provide with references.
Webster's New World
To mention in a reference; refer to.
He referenced her book in his speech.
American Heritage
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
adjective
Designating or of books and other materials for use in research, as in a library.
Webster's New World
idiom
in
  • In connection with; in relation to:

    This letter is in reference to the invoice that accompanied the package.

American Heritage
in reference to
  • concerning; regarding
Webster's New World
make reference to
  • to refer to; mention
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Reference

Noun

Singular:
reference
Plural:
references

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Reference

  • in
  • in reference to
  • make reference to

Origin of Reference

  • From refer +"Ž -ence.

    From Wiktionary

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