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Meaning & Definition of Reference in English

English

Reference

/rɛfərəns/

noun

1. A remark that calls attention to something or someone

  • "She made frequent mention of her promotion"
  • "There was no mention of it"
  • "The speaker made several references to his wife"
    synonym:
  • mention
  • ,
  • reference

2. A short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

  • "The student's essay failed to list several important citations"
  • "The acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"
  • "The article includes mention of similar clinical cases"
    synonym:
  • citation
  • ,
  • cite
  • ,
  • acknowledgment
  • ,
  • credit
  • ,
  • reference
  • ,
  • mention
  • ,
  • quotation

3. An indicator that orients you generally

  • "It is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
    synonym:
  • reference point
  • ,
  • point of reference
  • ,
  • reference

4. A book to which you can refer for authoritative facts

  • "He contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
    synonym:
  • reference book
  • ,
  • reference
  • ,
  • reference work
  • ,
  • book of facts

5. A formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability

  • "Requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"
    synonym:
  • character
  • ,
  • reference
  • ,
  • character reference

6. The most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

  • The class of objects that an expression refers to
  • "The extension of `satellite of mars' is the set containing only demos and phobos"
    synonym:
  • reference
  • ,
  • denotation
  • ,
  • extension

7. The act of referring or consulting

  • "Reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
    synonym:
  • reference
  • ,
  • consultation

8. A publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to

  • "He carried an armful of references back to his desk"
  • "He spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
    synonym:
  • reference
  • ,
  • source

9. (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored

    synonym:
  • address
  • ,
  • computer address
  • ,
  • reference

10. The relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to

  • "He argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"
    synonym:
  • reference

verb

1. Refer to

  • "He referenced his colleagues' work"
    synonym:
  • reference
  • ,
  • cite

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