verb (used with object), ref·er·enced, ref·er·enc·ing.
Examples from the Web for reference
He then provides some insight into his psyche - complete with Animal House reference.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On his Instagram account (which has since been taken down), Brinsley made one reference to burning an American flag.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now the hackers, with their reference to the 9/11 attacks, suggest they are prepared to kill.
This would, of course, require some moderation of regulatory standards, particularly in reference to climate change.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty|Joel Kotkin|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was also crudely nicknamed “La Boule” in a reference to the ball and chain.
But don't suppose, Madam, Page 184that anything I say has reference to you.Jack Sheppard|William Harrison Ainsworth
Every land is considered with reference to the fatherland, other known lands, the equator, and the poles.The School System of Norway|David Allen Anderson
The reference is not to Judaistic ritualism, but to semi-Pagan philosophical speculation.Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John|William Alexander
The specific name griseus means gray, and probably has reference to the grayish color of the winter plumage.
A connoisseur (again on reference behind the curtains) was one of those wealthy men who could swallow anything.Bud|Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for reference
- the relation between a word, phrase, or symbol and the object or idea to which it refers
- the object referred to by an expressionCompare sense (def. 12)
- a source of information or facts
- (as modifier)a reference book; a reference library
- (foll by to) relation or delimitation, esp to or by membership of a specific class or group; respect or regardall people, without reference to sex or age
- (as modifier)a reference group
Derived Formsreferencer, nounreferential (ˌrɛfəˈrɛnʃəl), adjective
Idioms and Phrases with reference
see in regard (reference) to.