verb (used with object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
verb (used without object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
Origin of refer
Synonyms for refer
Related Words for referinvoke, hint, attribute, introduce, cite, indicate, assign, specify, transfer, deliver, send, submit, recommend, commit, answer, relate, involve, connect, go, apply
Examples from the Web for refer
Contemporary Examples of refer
Panicked, I reached out to hoarding experts, who often refer to any kind of obsessive digital collecting as “infomania.”I’m a Digital Hoarder
December 17, 2014
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
December 5, 2014
One thing I do to respect the people who want to keep hip hop ‘sacred’ is refer to myself as rap-cabaret.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
How am I supposed to refer to a person of the opposite sex whom I am not married to but who is, well, “special”?What Should I Call the Man I Love?
November 18, 2014
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
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of refer
I refer, of course, to man's mastery over the latent forces of Nature.
To Alec Haskell I shall in this discourse again have occasion to refer.
Cyrus worries so about it (of course we know what you refer to).Quaint Courtships
At the end of it, he asked, "Did you--you must excuse me--refer to me at all?"Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
Those who desire information of the most undoubted, must refer to his pages.American Notes
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.