• synonyms


  1. Bookbinding. calf.
  2. Music. cantus firmus.
  3. Baseball. center fielder.
  4. compare.
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Origin of cf.

From the Latin word confer
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British Dictionary definitions for cf.


abbreviation for
  1. compare
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Word Origin for cf.

Latin: confer
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Word Origin and History for cf.

abbreviation of Latin confer "compare" (see confer).

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cf. in Culture


An abbreviation meaning “compare.” It is short for the Latin word confer and instructs the reader to compare one thing with another.

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