Definition of Refer

1. Verb. Make reference to. "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"

2. Verb. Be relevant to. "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

3. Verb. 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"
Generic synonyms: Assort, Class, Classify, Separate, Sort, Sort Out
Derivative terms: Reference

4. Verb. Send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision. "Refer a bill to a committee"
Specialized synonyms: Subject, Submit, Recommit
Generic synonyms: Direct, Send
Derivative terms: Referee, Referee, Reference, Referral

5. Verb. Seek information from. "Refer to your notes"
Exact synonyms: Consult, Look Up
Generic synonyms: Research
Derivative terms: Consultation, Consultation, Reference, Reference

6. Verb. Have as a meaning. "`multi-' denotes `many' "

7. Verb. Use a name to designate. "Christians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary"
Generic synonyms: Call, Name

Definition of Refer

1. v. t. To carry or send back.

2. v. i. To have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary.

Definition of Refer

1. Verb. (transitive) To direct the attention of. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To submit to an authority figure for consideration. ¹

3. Verb. (rfex) (intransitive construed with '''to''') To allude to, make a reference or allusion to. ¹

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Definition of Refer

1. to direct to a source for help or information [v -FERRED, -FERRING, -FERS]

Medical Definition of Refer

1. 1. To carry or send back. 2. Hence: To send or direct away; to send or direct elsewhere, as for treatment, aid, infirmation, 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. 3. 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. To refer one's self, to have recourse; to betake one's self; to make application; to appeal. "I'll refer me to all things sense." (Shak) Origin: F. Referer, L. Referre; pref. Re- re- + ferre to bear. See Bear to carry. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Refer

refer (current term)
reference book
reference books
reference data
reference electrode

Literary usage of Refer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. List of Subject Headings for Use in Dictionary Catalogs by American Library Association (1895)
"Northwest boundary of the US refer from Boundaries. Northwest passage. See also Arctic regions. refer from Arctic regions. Nose. See also Catarrh ; Smell. ..."

2. The Iliad by Homer, Walter Leaf (1886)
"... on his theory of ' ' dual for refer to Lance's original work, which is 469. ... refer ..."

3. A Treatise on the Power and Duty of an Arbitrator, and the Law of by Francis Russell (1878)
"The appointment need not recite nor refer to the matters in difference. ... Effect in law of an agreement to refer future disputes. ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Two titles seem to refer to pitch. 'Al-'Alamoth (Ps. xlvi), "set to maidens", ie to be sung with a soprano or falsetto voice. ..."

5. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1796)
"Idea* refer- $• 4' Whenever the mind refers any of red to any its ideas to any thing extraneous to them, thing may they are then capable to be called true ..."

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