[ ri-fur ]
/ rɪˈfɜr /
verb (used with object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
to direct for information or anything required: He referred me to books on astrology.
to direct the attention or thoughts of: The asterisk refers the reader to a footnote.
to hand over or submit for information, consideration, decision, etc.: to refer the argument to arbitration.
to assign to a class, period, etc.; regard as belonging or related.
to have relation; relate; apply.
verb (used without object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
Words nearby refer
Origin of refer
OTHER WORDS FROM refer
ref·er·a·ble, re·fer·ra·ble, re·fer·ri·ble [ref-er-uh-buhl, ri-fur-] /ˈrɛf ər ə bəl, rɪˈfɜr-/, adjectivere·fer·rer, nounmis·re·fer, verb, mis·re·ferred, mis·re·fer·ring.pre·re·fer, verb (used with object), pre·re·ferred, pre·re·fer·ring.
un·re·ferred, adjectivewell-re·ferred, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for referrer
/ (rɪˈfɜː) /
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred (often foll by to)
(intr) to make mention (of)
(tr) to direct the attention of (someone) for information, facts, etcthe reader is referred to Chomsky, 1965
(intr) to seek information (from)I referred to a dictionary of English usage; he referred to his notes
(intr) to be relevant (to); pertain or relate (to)this song refers to an incident in the Civil War
(tr) to assign or attributeCromwell referred his victories to God
(tr) to hand over for consideration, reconsideration, or decisionto refer a complaint to another department
(tr) to hand back to the originator as unacceptable or unusable
(tr) British to fail (a student) in an examination
(tr) British to send back (a thesis) to a student for improvement
refer to drawer a request by a bank that the payee consult the drawer concerning a cheque payable by that bank (usually because the drawer has insufficient funds in his account), payment being suspended in the meantime
(tr) to direct (a patient) for treatment to another doctor, usually a specialist
(tr) social welfare to direct (a client) to another agency or professional for a service
Derived forms of referreferable (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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