• (British) enPR: rī-fû, IPA: /ɹɪˈfɜː/
  • (America) enPR: rī-fûr, IPA: /ɹɪˈfɝ/

refer (refers, present participle referring; past and past participle referred)

  1. (transitive) To direct the attention of.
    The shop assistant referred me to the help desk on ground floor.
  2. (transitive) To submit to (another person or group) for consideration; to send or direct elsewhere.
    He referred the matter to the principal.
    to refer a patient to a psychiatrist
  3. (transitive) To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive, reason, or ground of explanation.
    He referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.
  4. (intransitive, construed with to) To allude to, make a reference or allusion to.
    To explain the problem, the teacher referred to an example in another textbook.
  5. (grammar) To be referential to another element in a sentence.
  6. (computing) To address a specific location in computer memory.
  7. (education) Required to resit an examination.
    Smith's marks in the finals were unsatisfactory and he was referred.
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