Reference meaning

rĕfər-əns, rĕfrəns
Reference is defined as a mention of a situation.

An example of reference is the mention of a person's religion to another.

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The definition of a reference is someone who will give a recommendation for a position on behalf of another.

An example of reference is a professor who will write a letter recommending a student for an internship.

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Reference means someone or something which is a source of information about a subject.

An example of reference is an encyclopedia.

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To provide with references.
verb
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A referring or being referred; esp., submission of a problem, dispute, etc. to a person, committee, or authority for settlement.
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Information about a person, provided by someone (a referee) with whom they are well acquainted.
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The act of referring to something.

Filed away the article for future reference.

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A reference work.
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To supply references to.
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(academic writing) A short written identification of a previously published work which is used as a source for a text.
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(academic writing) A previously published written work thus indicated; a source.
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(programming, character entity) A special sequence used to represent complex characters in a web page such as ™ or €.
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(programming) An object containing information which refers to data stored elsewhere, as opposed to containing the data itself.
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A relationship or relation (to something).
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(semantics) A relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object.
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To mention in a reference; refer to.

He referenced her book in his speech.

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Designating or of books and other materials for use in research, as in a library.
adjective
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A measurement one can compare to.
noun
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To refer to, to make reference to, to cite.

Reference the dictionary for word meanings.

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A mention of an occurrence or situation.

Made frequent references to her promotion.

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Something by which other things are indicated or positioned, against which other things are measured or compared, etc.

Let that tree be our reference point as we plan the rest of the landscaping.

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in
  • In connection with; in relation to:.
    This letter is in reference to the invoice that accompanied the package.
idiom
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in reference to
  • Concerning; regarding.
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make reference to
  • To refer to; mention.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in reference to
make reference to

Origin of reference

  • From refer +"Ž -ence.

    From Wiktionary