an act of referring; the state of being referred.
an instance of referring.
a person recommended to someone or for something.

1930–35; refer + -al2

reference, referral. Unabridged
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refer (rɪˈfɜː)
vb , -fers, -ferring, -ferred
1.  (intr) to make mention (of)
2.  (tr) to direct the attention of (someone) for information, facts, etc: the reader is referred to Chomsky, 1965
3.  (intr) to seek information (from): I referred to a dictionary of English usage; he referred to his notes
4.  (intr) to be relevant (to); pertain or relate (to): this song refers to an incident in the Civil War
5.  (tr) to assign or attribute: Cromwell referred his victories to God
6.  (tr) to hand over for consideration, reconsideration, or decision: to refer a complaint to another department
7.  (tr) to hand back to the originator as unacceptable or unusable
8.  (Brit) (tr) to fail (a student) in an examination
9.  (Brit) (tr) to send back (a thesis) to a student for improvement
10.  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
11.  (tr) to direct (a patient) for treatment to another doctor, usually a specialist
12.  (tr) social welfare to direct (a client) to another agency or professional for a service
[C14: from Latin referre to carry back, from re- + ferre to bear1]
usage  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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Word Origin & History

1934, "act of referring," from refer. Especially to an expert or specialist (a sense attested from 1955).
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Example sentences
The images and results are digitally recorded and can be electronically transmitted to specialists for referral if necessary.
My reputation enabled me to build a referral network.
Also, if you are not yet a member, find a friend and use their referral link.
The gift registries collect a referral fee from retailers each time someone buys a gift from a retail partner.
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