Referent meaning

rĕfər-ənt, rĭ-fûrənt
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The definition of a referent is the thing to which something else refers.

When someone says "that book," referring to a well-known and reviled popular book, the well-known and reviled book that is referred to is an example of the referent.

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A person or thing to which a linguistic expression refers.
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Something referred to.
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The object, concept, event, etc. referred to by a term or expression.
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(semantics) The specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes.
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That which is referenced.
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Origin of referent

  • refer +"Ž -ent

    From Wiktionary