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Definitions of refer

  1. make reference to; " His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
  2. be about; have to do with; be relevant to; refer, pertain, or relate to; " What's this novel all about?"; " There were lots of questions referring to her talk"
  3. seek information from; " You should consult the dictionary"; " refer to your notes"
  4. have as a meaning; "` multi- ' denotes ` many' "
  5. think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another; " This plant can be referred to a known species"
  6. send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision; " refer a patient to a specialist"; " refer a bill to a committee"
  7. have to do with or be relevant to; " There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; " My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
  8. To carry or send back.
  9. Hence: To send or direct away; to send or direct elsewhere, as for treatment, aid, information, decision, etc.; to make over, or pass over, to another; as, to refer a student to an author; to refer a beggar to an officer; to refer a bill to a committee; a court refers a matter of fact to a commissioner for investigation, or refers a question of law to a superior tribunal.
  10. To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive, reason, or ground of explanation; as, he referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.
  11. To have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary.
  12. To have relation or reference; to relate; to point; as, the figure refers to a footnote.
  13. To carry the mind or thought; to direct attention; as, the preacher referred to the late election.
  14. To direct inquiry for information or a guarantee of any kind, as in respect to one's integrity, capacity, pecuniary ability, and the like; as, I referred to his employer for the truth of his story.
  15. Referable.
  16. To submit to another person or authority for information or decision; as, they referred the question to the president; to direct or send for information, etc.; as, to refer one to the dictionary; to place in a certain class, or explain as due to a certain cause.
  17. To direct attention; allude; as, he did not refer to the war; appeal; apply; as, he referred frequently to his notes; to direct one person to another for information; as, to refer to a former employer.
  18. Referred.
  19. Referring.
  20. To submit to another person or authority: to assign: to reduce.
  21. To have reference or recourse: to relate: to allude:- pr. p. referring; pa. t. and pa. p. referred.
  22. To have reference.
  23. To take or send back; submit to another; assign.
  24. To direct, as for information; assign; attribute.
  25. To have reference; allude.
  26. To give a reference.
  27. To have recourse; apply; appeal.
  28. To submit to another for information or decision; to reduce; to assign.
  29. To have relation; to allude; to have recourse; to appeal; to point to.
  30. To direct or send to for information or judgment; to assign, as to a class or order; to point or have reference; to impute; to have recourse; to allude.
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Quotes of refer

  1. To think straight, it is advisable to expect all qualities and attributes, adjectives, and so on to refer to at least two sets of interactions in time. – Gregory Bateson
  2. If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper. – E. T. Bell
  3. An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are hard to understand and refer only to one another. – Mason Cooley
  4. As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. – Albert Einstein
  5. To remove this obstacle I repeat or refer to such knowledge as has come under my notice, my own previously expressed views, and also describe and exhibit my last experiments and explain their novelty and utility. – Lawrence Hargrave
  6. New ideas should confront old ideas. We must refer to the example of Europe. People have fought to make Europe what it is today. Freedom is not something that is served up on a plate. – Tahar Ben Jelloun
  7. So on my screenplay, on the left -hand side of the page, I will put all the ideas that refer to the scene next to it so I have some sort of pictorial reference. – Adrian Lyne
  8. The characters you refer to as predatory and unsavory are useful. They're the ones who make a novel into a thriller. They're active, and most of the common virtues, the signs of a good person, are not. – Thomas Perry
  9. The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense. – Jean Piaget
  10. There was a period which I refer to as the 'Golden Age of Jazz,' which sort of encompasses the middle Thirties through the Sixties, we had a lot of great innovators, all creating things which will last the world for a long, long time. – Sonny Rollins
  11. We believe that more than 4 percent of the children in this country suffer ADHD... We want to know how to better identify and refer children for treatment. – David Satcher
  12. What Democrats call 'nuanced,' most people refer to as 'stupidity.' – Evan Sayet
  13. I jokingly refer to the word "gourmet" as the "g" word. – Arthur Schwartz
  14. I refer to calls for humanitarian intervention in the affairs of another state- a new idea, this- even when they are made under the pretext of defending human rights and freedoms. – Boris Yeltsin

Usage examples for refer

  1. Besides a Multitude of others, which cannot now be so much as mentioned: I must here again refer to my Notes for Particulars. – The Preface to the Aeneis of Virgil (1718) by Joseph Trapp
  2. I may refer to a case in point. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  3. I shall sometimes refer to it as the " body- mind" or the " separated self." – An Interpretation of Friends Worship by N. Jean Toomer
  4. I refer to myself. – The Killer by Stewart Edward White
  5. Do you refer to the trial next month? – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  6. There, don't refer to this subject again. – The Madman and the Pirate by R.M. Ballantyne
  7. Is the person to whom you refer a woman or a child?" – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  8. Have fixed rules and prices and you won't have to refer to letters. – Dollars and Sense by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  9. You refer to what the people about us call a mystery- that poor little child upstairs? – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  10. Paul laughed, for she did not refer to the first meeting of all. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  11. At length we were obliged to refer the matter to Maqueda, who settled it in very few words. – Queen Sheba's Ring by H. Rider Haggard
  12. But to what question do you refer – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  13. " I shall refer my friend to that passage for his answer, and also remind him that no one can be saved by works. – Elsie at Nantucket by Martha Finley
  14. I take it you refer to the Lord of Citta di Castello. – The Shame of Motley by Raphael Sabatini
  15. Does the conversation you wish to have with me refer to Lady Hunterleys? – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. I refer to our appearance. – The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
  17. I will refer your case to the Chief. – City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings
  18. And when, as we approached Honduras, it was recalled to me, I was surprised to find that I had heard no one on board discuss the war, nor refer to it in any way. – Captain Macklin by Richard Harding Davis
  19. Did you ever hear your father refer to a place called Temple Barholm? – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  20. Perhaps it would be just as well not to refer to- to- You understand me, Knowles. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln

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