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

:  the act of referring or consulting
:  a bearing on a matter :  relation <in reference to your recent letter>
:  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
:  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

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




: 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




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


Full Definition of REFERENCE

transitive verb
a :  to supply with references
b :  to cite in or as a reference
:  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

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grossly irreverent
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