Definitions of refer

  1. make reference to; " His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
  2. seek information from; " You should consult the dictionary"; " refer to your notes"
  3. have as a meaning; "` multi- ' denotes ` many' "
  4. 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"
  5. send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision; " refer a patient to a specialist"; " refer a bill to a committee"
  6. have to do with or be relevant to; " There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; " My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
  7. To carry or send back.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary.
  11. To have relation or reference; to relate; to point; as, the figure refers to a footnote.
  12. To carry the mind or thought; to direct attention; as, the preacher referred to the late election.
  13. 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.
  14. Referable.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Referred.
  18. Referring.
  19. To submit to another person or authority: to assign: to reduce.
  20. To have reference or recourse: to relate: to allude:- pr. p. referring; pa. t. and pa. p. referred.
  21. To take or send back; submit to another; assign.
  22. To direct, as for information; assign; attribute.
  23. To have reference; allude.
  24. To give a reference.
  25. To submit to another for information or decision; to reduce; to assign.
  26. To have relation; to allude; to have recourse; to appeal; to point to.
  27. 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.

Usage examples for refer

  1. " 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
  2. I take it you refer to the Lord of Citta di Castello. – The Shame of Motley by Raphael Sabatini
  3. Did you ever hear your father refer to a place called Temple Barholm? – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. Do you refer to the trial next month? – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  5. I will refer your case to the Chief. – City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings
  6. I shall sometimes refer to it as the " body- mind" or the " separated self." – An Interpretation of Friends Worship by N. Jean Toomer
  7. I refer to our appearance. – The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
  8. There, don't refer to this subject again. – The Madman and the Pirate by R.M. Ballantyne
  9. I may refer to a case in point. – The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon by José Maria Gordon
  10. Paul laughed, for she did not refer to the first meeting of all. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  11. 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
  12. Does the conversation you wish to have with me refer to Lady Hunterleys? – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. Perhaps it would be just as well not to refer to- to- You understand me, Knowles. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  14. 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
  15. You refer to what the people about us call a mystery- that poor little child upstairs? – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  16. I refer to myself. – The Killer by Stewart Edward White
  17. Is the person to whom you refer a woman or a child?" – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  18. 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
  19. But to what question do you refer? – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf