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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive), Adjective


Verb refer has 7 senses


referv. t. [F. référer, L. referre; pref. re- re- + ferre to bear. See Bear to carry.].
  •  To carry or send back.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence: To send or direct away; to send or direct elsewhere, as for treatment, aid, information, decision, etc.; to make over, or pass over, to another; as, to refer a student to an author; to refer a beggar to an officer; to refer a bill to a committee; a court refers a matter of fact to a commissioner for investigation, or refers a question of law to a superior tribunal.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive, reason, or ground of explanation; as, he referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.  [1913 Webster]
    "I'll refer me to all things sense."  [1913 Webster]
To refer one's self, to have recourse; to betake one's self; to make application; to appeal. [Obs.]
referv. i. 
  •  To have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary.  [1913 Webster]
    "In suits . . . it is to refer to some friend of trust."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To have relation or reference; to relate; to point; as, the figure refers to a footnote.  [1913 Webster]
    "Of those places that refer to the shutting and opening the abyss, I take notice of that in Job."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To carry the mind or thought; to direct attention; as, the preacher referred to the late election.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To direct inquiry for information or a guarantee of any kind, as in respect to one's integrity, capacity, pecuniary ability, and the like; as, I referred to his employer for the truth of his story.  [1913 Webster]
    "Now to the universal whole advert:
    The earth regard as of that whole a part.
    "  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To allude; advert; suggest; appeal.


refer, v. (referred, referring) (usu. foll. by to)
1 tr. trace or ascribe (to a person or thing as a cause or source) (referred their success to their popularity).
2 tr. consider as belonging (to a certain date or place or class).
3 tr. send on or direct (a person, or a question for decision) (the matter was referred to arbitration; referred him to her previous answer).
4 intr. make an appeal or have recourse to (some authority or source of information) (referred to his notes).
5 tr. send (a person) to a medical specialist etc.
6 tr. (foll. by back to) send (a proposal etc.) back to (a lower body, court, etc.).
7 intr. (foll. by to) (of a person speaking) make an allusion or direct the hearer's attention (decided not to refer to our other problems).
8 intr. (foll. by to) (of a statement etc.) have a particular relation; be directed (this paragraph refers to the events of last year).
9 tr. (foll. by to) interpret (a statement) as being directed to (a particular context etc.).
10 tr. fail (a candidate in an examination).

referred pain pain felt in a part of the body other than its actual source. refer to drawer a banker's note suspending payment of a cheque.
referable adj. referrer n.
ME f. OF referer f. L referre carry back (as RE-, ferre bring)



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