[ ref-er-uh nt ]
/ ˈrɛf ər ənt /


the object or event to which a term or symbol refers.
Logic. the first term in a proposition to which succeeding terms relate.

Origin of referent

1835–45; < Latin referent- (stem of referēns), present participle of referre. See refer, -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for referent

/ (ˈrɛfərənt) /


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
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