verb (used with object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
verb (used without object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
Origin of refer
Examples from the Web for refers
On social media, Madusa refers to her fans as pink warriors.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not all hospices will agree to facilitate self-dehydration, so Schwarz refers patients to those that will.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Daily Beast sat down with Stewart to discuss the film, the midterms—or what he refers to as “The Red Wedding,” and much more.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
(Yahoo now refers to itself as a digital media company rather than a technology company).Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay|Joel Kotkin|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mulvey refers to it as the “male gaze,” one that has traditionally objectified women in movies in ways that men are not.Yes, Ben Affleck Goes Full-Frontal in ‘Gone Girl,’ Confronting One of Cinema’s Last Taboos|Marlow Stern|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Refers to the kind of work he does," responded Mrs. Anderson, sharply.A Star for a Night|Elsie Janis
St. Paul, in his address to the elders of Ephesus, refers to the discouragements he has had to encounter.
Cardan refers more than once to the generosity of the Archbishop.Jerome Cardan|William George Waters
In which case, I may possibly be permitted to know to what it refers?Satanstoe|James Fenimore Cooper
The child need very rarely actually sing the key-note when considering another note, she refers the latter to it unconsciously.Music As A Language|Ethel Home
British Dictionary definitions for refers
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred (often foll by to)
Word Origin for refer
Word Origin and History for refers
late 14c., "to trace back (to a first cause), attribute, assign," from Old French referer (14c.) and directly from Latin referre "to relate, refer," literally "to carry back," from re- "back" (see re-) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Meaning "to commit to some authority for a decision" is from mid-15c.; sense of "to direct (someone) to a book, etc." is from c.1600. Related: Referred; referring.