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refer

[ri-fur] /rɪˈfɜr/
verb (used with object), referred, referring.
1.
to direct for information or anything required:
He referred me to books on astrology.
2.
to direct the attention or thoughts of:
The asterisk refers the reader to a footnote.
3.
to hand over or submit for information, consideration, decision, etc.:
to refer the argument to arbitration.
4.
to assign to a class, period, etc.; regard as belonging or related.
5.
to have relation; relate; apply.
verb (used without object), referred, referring.
6.
to direct attention, as a reference mark does.
7.
to have recourse or resort; turn, as for aid or information:
to refer to one's notes.
8.
to make reference or allusion:
The author referred to his teachers twice in his article.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English referren < Latin referre to bring back, equivalent to re- re- + ferre to bring, bear1
Related forms
referable, referrable, referrible
[ref-er-uh-buh l, ri-fur-] /ˈrɛf ər ə bəl, rɪˈfɜr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
referrer, noun
misrefer, verb, misreferred, misreferring.
prerefer, verb (used with object), prereferred, prereferring.
unreferred, adjective
well-referred, adjective
Synonyms
4. attribute, ascribe, impute. 5. pertain, belong. 8. advert, allude.
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  • But he might as easily have been referring to the ungainly marvel that made it possible.
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  • You're referring to the effect of gravitational lensing.
  • The article you're referring to was based on a simulation of planetary formation.
  • More than one pointed to the elbow when referring to witchcraft, indicating the site in the body where sorcery is said to reside.
  • It was unclear if she was referring to private sessions, prior to her formal nomination hearing, with individual senators.
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  • They also bonus travel by the end of the year, and referring friends and family.
British Dictionary definitions for referring

refer

/rɪˈfɜː/
verb (often foll by to) -fers, -ferring, -ferred
1.
(intransitive) to make mention (of)
2.
(transitive) to direct the attention of (someone) for information, facts, etc: the reader is referred to Chomsky, 1965
3.
(intransitive) to seek information (from): I referred to a dictionary of English usage, he referred to his notes
4.
(intransitive) to be relevant (to); pertain or relate (to): this song refers to an incident in the Civil War
5.
(transitive) to assign or attribute: Cromwell referred his victories to God
6.
(transitive) to hand over for consideration, reconsideration, or decision: to refer a complaint to another department
7.
(transitive) to hand back to the originator as unacceptable or unusable
8.
(transitive) (Brit) to fail (a student) in an examination
9.
(transitive) (Brit) 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.
(transitive) to direct (a patient) for treatment to another doctor, usually a specialist
12.
(transitive) (social welfare) to direct (a client) to another agency or professional for a service
Derived Forms
referable (ˈrɛfərəbəl), referrable (rɪˈfɜːrəbəl) adjective
referral, noun
referrer, noun
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C14: from Latin referre to carry back, from re- + ferre to bear1
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Word Origin and History for referring

refer

v.

late 14c., "to trace back (to a first cause), attribute, assign," from Old French referer (14c.) and directly from Latin referre "to relate, refer," literally "to carry back," from re- "back" (see re-) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Meaning "to commit to some authority for a decision" is from mid-15c.; sense of "to direct (someone) to a book, etc." is from c.1600. Related: Referred; referring.

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