cross-re·​fer ˌkrȯs-ri-ˈfər How to pronounce cross-refer (audio)
cross-referred; cross-referring; cross-refers

transitive verb

: 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.

intransitive verb

: to make a cross-reference

Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of cross-refer was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Cross-refer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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