|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|
"You should consult the dictionary" "refer to your notes"
|Related terms:||research reference reference|
|6.||[ verb ] have as a meaning|
`multi-' denotes `many' "
|Related terms:||mean name hark_back express apply slur twist euphemize denote reference|