verb (used with object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
verb (used without object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
- refectory table,
- reference book,
- reference electrode,
- reference frame
Origin of refer
Examples from the Web for refer
Panicked, I reached out to hoarding experts, who often refer to any kind of obsessive digital collecting as “infomania.”
His acolytes, some of whom refer to themselves as “health freedom fighters” are undeterred by this sort of jealous shoptalk.Honey Boo Boo, Snake Oil, and Ebola: The Weird World of Young Living Essential Oils|Kent Sepkowitz|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One thing I do to respect the people who want to keep hip hop ‘sacred’ is refer to myself as rap-cabaret.
How am I supposed to refer to a person of the opposite sex whom I am not married to but who is, well, “special”?
You refer to a car accident you were in as a kind of spark for you to get back into acting.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We refer to the gifted author of the German-American Romances.
I have dealt with the chief of these theories in the ninth chapter of my History of Creation, and must refer the reader thereto.The Wonders of Life|Ernst Haeckel
I cannot make out the nature or origin of the mental experience to which I refer.Theaetetus|Plato
I refer to the delicacies furnished to the officials and inmates.
But she holds it on sufferance and by a complimentary construction of language which does not refer to her.The Innocents Abroad|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred (often foll by to)
Word Origin for refer
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.