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refer

[ ri-fur ]
/ rɪˈfɜr /
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verb (used with object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.

verb (used without object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.

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Origin of refer

1325–75; Middle English referren<Latin referre to bring back, equivalent to re-re- + ferre to bring, bear1

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British Dictionary definitions for refer

refer
/ (rɪˈfɜː) /

verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred (often foll by to)

Derived forms of refer

referable (ˈrɛfərəbəl) or referrable (rɪˈfɜːrəbəl), adjectivereferral, nounreferrer, noun

Word Origin for refer

C14: from Latin referre to carry back, from re- + ferre to bear 1

usage for refer

The common practice of adding back to refer is tautologous, since this meaning is already contained in the re- of refer: this refers to (not back to) what has already been said . However, when refer is used in the sense of passing a document or question for further consideration to the person from whom it was received, it may be appropriate to say he referred the matter back
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