HyperDic: refer

English > 7 senses of the word refer:
VERBcommunicationrefer, mention, advert, bring up, cite, namemake reference to
stativerefer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have to do withbe relevant to
cognitionreferthink of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle / principle or with a general group or in relation to another
motionrefersend or direct for treatment, information, or a decision
communicationrefer, consult, look upseek information from
communicationrefer, denotehave as a meaning / meaning
communicationreferuse a name to designate
refer > pronunciation
Soundsrahfer'; rihfer'
Rhymesaquifer ... zephyr / Zephyr: 60 rhymes with fer...
English > refer: 7 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningmake reference to.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymsmention, advert, bring up, cite, name
Narrowercommend, remembermention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
cross-referrefer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists
drag up, dredge upmention something unpleasant from the past
invoke, appealcite as an authority
namedroprefer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them
quote, citerefer to for illustration or proof
raise, bring upPut forward for consideration or discussion
remembermention favorably, as in prayer
speak of the devilmention someone's name who just then appears
touch onrefer to or discuss briefly
Broaderthink of, have in mind, meanIntend to refer to
Spanishadvertir, aludir, citar, mencionar, mentar, nombrar, referir
Catalanal·ludir, citar, esmentar, mencionar, nomenar, referir
Nounsreferencea remark that calls attention to something or someone
English > refer: 7 senses > verb 2, stative
MeaningBe relevant to.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP
Example"There were lots of questions referring to her talk"
Synonymspertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have to do with
Narrowerapply, hold, go forBe pertinent or relevant or applicable
focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, centerCenter upon
involve, affect, regardConnect closely and often incriminatingly
matter to, interestBe of importance or consequence
Similar toallude, touch, advertmake a more or less disguised reference to
Spanishatañer, concernir, incumbir, palpar, referirse, referir, relatar, respectar, tocar, tratarse
Catalanconcernir, incumbir, palpar, pertocar, referir-se, referir, relatar, tocar, tractar-se
Nounsreferencethe most direct or specific meaning / meaning of a word or expression
English > refer: 7 senses > verb 3, cognition
Meaningthink of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle / principle or with a general group or in relation to another.
PatternSomebody ----s something PP
Example"This plant can be referred to a known species"
Broaderclassify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separateArrange or order by classes or categories / categories
Nounsreferencethe relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
English > refer: 7 senses > verb 4, motion
MeaningSend or direct for treatment, information, or a decision.
PatternSomebody ----s something to somebody
Examples
  • "refer a patient to a specialist"
  • "refer a bill to a committee"
Narrowerrecommitsend back to a committee
submitrefer for judgment or consideration
Broadersend, directCause to go somewhere
Spanishreferir, remitir
Catalanenviar, remetre, trametre
Nounsreferee(sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
refereesomeone who reads manuscripts and judges / judges their suitability for publication
referencethe act of referring or consulting
referralthe act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)
English > refer: 7 senses > verb 5, communication
Meaningseek information from.
PatternSomebody ----s PP
Example "refer to your notes"
Synonymsconsult, look up
BroaderresearchAttempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
Spanishbuscar, consultar
Catalanconsultar, referir
Nounsreferencea book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
referencea publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
English > refer: 7 senses > verb 6, communication
MeaningHave as a meaning / meaning.
PatternSomething is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymdenote
Entailed byallude, touch, advertmake a more or less disguised reference to
NarrowerapplyRefer (a word or name) to a person or thing
euphemize, euphemiserefer to something with a euphemism
express, stateIndicate through a symbol, formula, etc.
hark back, return, come back, recallgo back to something earlier
name, identifyGive the name or identifying characteristics / characteristics of
slurspeak disparagingly of
twist, twist around, pervert, convolute, sophisticatePractice sophistry
Broadermean, intend, signify, stand fordenote or connote
Similar todenoteBe a sign or indication of
Spanishdenotar
Catalandenotar
Nounsreferencethe most direct or specific meaning / meaning of a word or expression
referencethe relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
English > refer: 7 senses > verb 7, communication
MeaningUse a name to designate.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example"Christians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary"
Broadername, call, know as, be known asAssign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

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