reference

[ ref-er-uhns, ref-ruhns ]
/ ˈrɛf ər əns, ˈrɛf rəns /
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noun

verb (used with object), ref·er·enced, ref·er·enc·ing.


Nearby words

  1. refectory,
  2. refectory table,
  3. refel,
  4. refer,
  5. referee,
  6. reference book,
  7. reference electrode,
  8. reference frame,
  9. reference group,
  10. reference mark

Origin of reference

First recorded in 1580–90; refer + -ence

SYNONYMS FOR reference
Related forms
Can be confusedallusion referencereference referral

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British Dictionary definitions for non-reference

reference

/ (ˈrɛfərəns, ˈrɛfrəns) /

noun

verb (tr)

to furnish or compile a list of references for (an academic thesis, publication, etc)
to make a reference to; refer tohe referenced Chomsky, 1956

preposition

commerce with reference toreference your letter of the 9th inst Abbreviation: re
Derived Formsreferencer, nounreferential (ˌrɛfəˈrɛnʃəl), adjective

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Word Origin and History for non-reference
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with non-reference

reference

see in regard (reference) to.

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