1. [ verb ] make reference to
Synonyms: mention cite name bring_up advert

: "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"

Related terms: think_of invoke touch_on reference speak_of_the_devil cross-refer raise drag_up remember commend namedrop mention citation quotation citation mentioner
2. [ verb ] be about; have to do with; be relevant to; refer, pertain, or relate to
Synonyms: concern pertain relate come_to touch bear_on touch_on

"What's this novel all about?" "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"

Related terms: involve apply focus_on matter_to allude applicability
3. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: classify reference
4. [ verb ] send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision

: "refer a patient to a specialist" "refer a bill to a committee"

Related terms: send submit recommit reviewer referral
5. [ verb ] seek information from
Synonyms: look_up consult

"You should consult the dictionary" "refer to your notes"

Related terms: research reference reference
6. [ verb ] have as a meaning
Synonyms: denote

`multi-' denotes `many' "

Related terms: mean name hark_back express apply slur twist euphemize denote reference
Similar spelling:   reefer