Definition of Refer in English :

Define Refer in English

Refer meaning in English

Meaning of Refer in English

Pronunciation of Refer in English

Refer pronunciation in English

Pronounce Refer in English


see synonyms of refer


1. advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer

make reference to

Example Sentences:
'His name was mentioned in connection with the invention'

2. bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on

be relevant to

Example Sentences:
'There were lots of questions referring to her talk'
'My remark pertained to your earlier comments'

3. refer

think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another

Example Sentences:
'This plant can be referred to a known species'

4. refer

send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision

Example Sentences:
'refer a patient to a specialist'
'refer a bill to a committee'

5. consult, look up, refer

seek information from

Example Sentences:
'You should consult the dictionary'
'refer to your notes'

6. denote, refer

have as a meaning

Example Sentences:
'multi-' denotes many' '

7. refer

use a name to designate

Example Sentences:
'Christians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of refer
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred (often foll by to)
1. (intransitive)
to make mention (of)
2. (transitive)
to direct the attention of (someone) for information, facts, etc
the reader is referred to Chomsky, 1965
3. (intransitive)
to seek information (from)
I referred to a dictionary of English usage
he referred to his notes
4. (intransitive)
to be relevant (to); pertain or relate (to)
this song refers to an incident in the Civil War
5. (transitive)
to assign or attribute
Cromwell referred his victories to God
6. (transitive)
to hand over for consideration, reconsideration, or decision
to refer a complaint to another department
7. (transitive)
to hand back to the originator as unacceptable or unusable
8. (transitive) British
to fail (a student) in an examination
9. (transitive) British
to send back (a thesis) to a student for improvement
10.  refer to drawer
11. (transitive)
to direct (a patient) for treatment to another doctor, usually a specialist
12. (transitive) social welfare
to direct (a client) to another agency or professional for a service

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see synonyms of refer
verb transitiveWord forms: reˈferred or reˈferring
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.
verb intransitive
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

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of refer
v. re·ferred, re·fer·ring, re·fers
1. To direct to a source for help or information: referred her to a heart specialist; referred me to his last employer for a recommendation.
2. To submit (a matter in dispute) to an authority for arbitration, decision, or examination.
3. To direct the attention of: I refer you to the training manual.
a. To assign or attribute to; regard as originated by.
b. To assign to or regard as belonging within a particular kind or class: referred the newly discovered partita to the 1600s. See Synonyms at attribute.
a. To relate or pertain; concern: questions referring to yesterday's lecture.
b. To serve as a descriptor or have as a denotation: The word chair refers to a piece of furniture.
2. To speak or write about something briefly or incidentally; make reference: referred during our conversation to several books he was reading.
3. To turn one's attention, as in seeking information: refer to a dictionary.

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