Dictionary.com

referent

[ ref-er-uhnt ]
/ ˈrɛf ər ənt /
Save This Word!

noun
the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of referent

1835–45; <Latin referent- (stem of referēns), present participle of referre.See refer, -ent
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use referent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for referent

referent
/ (ˈrɛfərənt) /

noun
the object or idea to which a word or phrase refersCompare sense (def. 12)

Word Origin for referent

C19: from Latin referens, from referre to refer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK