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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 referrals
  • referrals from social networks are now the fastest-growing source of traffic for many news websites.
  • She cleaned houses, got referrals from the center and eventually volunteered.
  • The site facilitates sales introductions as well as job referrals.
  • Tim's subsequent referrals did make this innocence less likely.
  • These programs can also provide referrals for addiction treatment.
  • referrals to other community organizations and government offices.
Word Origin and History for referrals

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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