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reference

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

Simple Definition of reference

  • : 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. 1 :  the act of referring or consulting

  2. 2 :  a bearing on a matter :  relation <in reference to your recent letter>

  3. 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. 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

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.



1589

First Known Use of reference

1589


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reference

adjective ref·er·ence

Simple Definition of reference

  • : used to find information about something

  • : used to tell people where information can be found

Full Definition of reference

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

Examples of reference

  1. a list of reference materials



1856

First Known Use of reference

1856


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reference

verb ref·er·ence

Simple Definition of reference

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

Full Definition of reference

referencedreferenc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to supply with references b :  to cite in or as a reference

  3. 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.



1891

First Known Use of reference

1891




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