cross-refer

verb cross-re·fer \ ˌkrȯs-ri-ˈfər \

Definition of cross-refer

cross-referred; cross-referring; cross-refers
: to refer (a reader) by a notation or direction from one place to another (as in a book, list, or catalog)
  • A footnote cross-refers the reader to the glossary at the back of the book.
: to make a cross-reference

First Known Use of cross-refer

1879

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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Definition of cross-refer for English Language Learners

  • : to direct a reader to more information that can be found in another place


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