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noun ref·er·ence \ˈre-fərn(t)s, ˈre-f(ə-)rən(t)s\

: the act of mentioning something in speech or in writing : the act of referring to something or someone

: the act of looking at or in something for information

: a person who can be asked for information about another person's character, abilities, etc.

Full Definition of REFERENCE

1
:  the act of referring or consulting
2
:  a bearing on a matter :  relation <in reference to your recent letter>
3
:  something that refers: as
a :  allusion, mention
b :  something (as a sign or indication) that refers a reader or consulter to another source of information (as a book or passage)
c :  consultation of sources of information
4
:  one referred to or consulted: as
a :  a person to whom inquiries as to character or ability can be made
b :  a statement of the qualifications of a person seeking employment or appointment given by someone familiar with the person
c (1) :  a source of information (as a book or passage) to which a reader or consulter is referred
(2) :  a work (as a dictionary or encyclopedia) containing useful facts or information
d :  denotation, meaning
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Examples of REFERENCE

  1. references to an earlier event
  2. The numbers were calculated by reference to the most recent census.
  3. Reference to a map will make the position clear.
  4. She listed her former teacher as a reference when she applied for the job.
  5. Her former teacher gave her a reference when she applied for the job.
  6. Her teacher gave her a letter of reference.

First Known Use of REFERENCE

1589

2reference

adjective

: used to find information about something

: used to tell people where information can be found

Full Definition of REFERENCE

:  used or usable for reference; especially :  constituting a standard for measuring or constructing

Examples of REFERENCE

  1. a list of reference materials

First Known Use of REFERENCE

1856

3reference

verb

: to mention (something or someone) in speech or in writing : to refer to (something or someone)

referencedreferenc·ing

Full Definition of REFERENCE

transitive verb
1
a :  to supply with references
b :  to cite in or as a reference
2
:  to put in a form (as a table) adapted to easy reference

Examples of REFERENCE

  1. The book references many other authors who have written on this topic.

First Known Use of REFERENCE

1891
REFERENCE Defined for Kids

reference

noun ref·er·ence \ˈre-fə-rəns, ˈref-rəns\

Definition of REFERENCE for Kids

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:  the act of looking at or in something for information <Reference to a map will make our location clear.>
2
:  a relation to or concern with something <I am writing in reference to your advertisement.>
3
:  the act or an instance of mentioning <They made no references to my error.>
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:  a work (as a dictionary) that contains useful information
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:  something that refers a reader to another source of information
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:  a person who can be asked for information about another person's character or ability
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:  a written statement about someone's character or ability
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