• (America) IPA: /ɹɪˈfɝəl/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈfɜːɹəl/


  1. The act or process of transferring someone or something to another, of sending by reference, or referring.
    The insurance company insists I get a referral from my regular doctor. I can't just go to the specialist; a GP has got to refer me.
  2. (slang) A document used by schools detailing some form of a student's misbehavior and listing the actions taken before and after the student's receipt of the referral.
    After misbehaving in class, George was given a referral for disrupting class and sent to the office.

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