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referral

[ri-fur-uh l] /rɪˈfɜr əl/
noun
1.
an act of referring; the state of being referred.
2.
an instance of referring.
3.
a person recommended to someone or for something.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; refer + -al2
Can be confused
reference, referral.
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Examples from the web for referral
  • 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.
Word Origin and History for referral
n.

1920, "act of referring," from refer + -al (2). Especially to an expert or specialist (a sense attested from 1955). Earlier word was referment (1550s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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