- to direct for information or anything required: He referred me to books on astrology.
- to direct the attention or thoughts of: The asterisk refers the reader to a footnote.
- to hand over or submit for information, consideration, decision, etc.: to refer the argument to arbitration.
- to assign to a class, period, etc.; regard as belonging or related.
- to have relation; relate; apply.
Origin of refer
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Examples from the Web for referred
The NRA opposes him because he referred to gun violence as a “public-health crisis.”The Gun Battle Since Newtown
December 14, 2014
Dressed in golden garments, Perrers was referred to as "The Lady of the Sun" by the king.The Sex Life of King Richard III's Randy Great Great Great Grandfather
December 4, 2014
And the media, meanwhile, has referred to her as every label under the sun, from “a man” to “transsexual.”Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
Instead, she is left with the option to go to vocational school, or what is referred to as lycée professionnel in France.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
He met twice with Pope Francis and referred to the pontiff as a role model.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
To my mind, under the conditions I have referred to, such could not fail to be the case.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
For further information the reader is referred to other writers.The Roof of France
He did not know what it referred to, and I read it verbatim.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
He then referred to Blandois' disappearance, of which it was probable she had heard?Little Dorrit
She referred to her son's culpable connection with Baroness Duvillard.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (intr) to make mention (of)
- (tr) to direct the attention of (someone) for information, facts, etcthe reader is referred to Chomsky, 1965
- (intr) to seek information (from)I referred to a dictionary of English usage; he referred to his notes
- (intr) to be relevant (to); pertain or relate (to)this song refers to an incident in the Civil War
- (tr) to assign or attributeCromwell referred his victories to God
- (tr) to hand over for consideration, reconsideration, or decisionto refer a complaint to another department
- (tr) to hand back to the originator as unacceptable or unusable
- (tr) British to fail (a student) in an examination
- (tr) British to send back (a thesis) to a student for improvement
- refer to drawer a request by a bank that the payee consult the drawer concerning a cheque payable by that bank (usually because the drawer has insufficient funds in his account), payment being suspended in the meantime
- (tr) to direct (a patient) for treatment to another doctor, usually a specialist
- (tr) social welfare to direct (a client) to another agency or professional for a service
Word Origin and History for referred
late 14c., "to trace back (to a first cause), attribute, assign," from Old French referer (14c.) and directly from Latin referre "to relate, refer," literally "to carry back," from re- "back" (see re-) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Meaning "to commit to some authority for a decision" is from mid-15c.; sense of "to direct (someone) to a book, etc." is from c.1600. Related: Referred; referring.