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Meaning & Definition of Refer in English

English

Refer

/rəfər/

verb

1. Make reference to

  • "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • refer

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

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

5. Seek information from

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

6. Have as a meaning

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

7. Use a name to designate

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

Examples of using

The Minister of energy will refer to yesterday's blackout.
Don't refer to this matter again, please.
Don't refer to this matter again, please.