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Meaning & Definition of Refer in English





1. Make reference to

  • "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
  • mention,
  • advert,
  • bring up,
  • cite,
  • name,
  • refer

2. Be relevant to

  • "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"
  • "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
  • refer,
  • pertain,
  • relate,
  • concern,
  • come to,
  • bear on,
  • touch,
  • touch on,
  • have-to doe with

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

  • "This plant can be referred to a known species"
  • refer

4. Send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision

  • "Refer a patient to a specialist"
  • "Refer a bill to a committee"
  • refer

5. Seek information from

  • "You should consult the dictionary"
  • "Refer to your notes"
  • consult,
  • refer,
  • look up

6. Have as a meaning

  • "`multi-' denotes `many' "
  • denote,
  • refer

7. Use a name to designate

  • "Christians refer to the mother of jesus as the virgin mary"
  • refer

Examples of using

I can refer you to a good book on this subject.
I don't allow you to refer to me as "you".
Her doctor wants to refer her to a specialist.