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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.

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Origin of reference

First recorded in 1580–90; refer + -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM reference

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reference

1. allusion, reference 2. reference , referral
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of reference

referencer, nounreferential (ˌrɛfəˈrɛnʃəl), adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with reference

reference

see in regard (reference) to.

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