[ UK /ɹɪfˈɜː/ ]
[ US /ɹəˈfɝ, ɹɪˈfɝ/ ]
  1. seek information from
    You should consult the dictionary
    refer to your notes
  2. 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
  3. use a name to designate
    Christians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary
  4. make reference to
    His name was mentioned in connection with the invention
  5. have as a meaning
    `multi-' denotes `many'
  6. be relevant to
    There were lots of questions referring to her talk
    My remark pertained to your earlier comments
  7. send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision
    refer a patient to a specialist
    refer a bill to a committee
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How To Use refer In A Sentence

  • She was carrying her overnight case and a basket of dried flowers-statice, strawflower, and immortelle in the pastel colors referred to in seed catalogues as "art shades": fawn, apricot, mauve, and pale yellow. Incubus
  • The new taxon is named Gamerabaena, and the authors note, under etymology, "'Gamera refers to the fictional, firebreathing turtle from the 1965 movie Gamera, in allusion to his fire-breathing capabilities and the Hell Creek Formation ... "Look at everything around us. Look at everything we've done."
  • Which of them will prefer football and which the ant nest, we'll have to wait and see.
  • Mass culture is supposedly a leveler and globalizer - by definition, we all share mass cultural references.
  • A bit of background about me - I do hardware, firmware, and driver development by profession, so I think I'm qualified to provide a guess as to what and where it went wrong: for any computer, there's the initial "bootloader," which is what we commonly refer to as Discussions: Message List - root
  • The authors of the second paper admit that “other variables … influence the binding avidity (preference), such as type of SA (sialic acid of the receptor site) and glycosylation and sialylation of the hemagglutinin close to the receptor binding site. ” These factors all vary obviously and there are other variables in the equation as well including the status of specific areas of the immune system. Think Progress » An Inconvenient Truth and An Intolerable Summer
  • Both names are unobjectionable, but as the term Caddo has priority by a few pages preference is given to it. Seventh Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1885-1886, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1891
  • I prefer men to women.
  • Unions and managers are now referring to the stand-off as ‘class war in the classroom’.
  • None of the fathers' job descriptions given on the birth certificate referred to work at a nuclear establishment.
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