Definition of refer to
1 : to look at or in (something) for information She often refers to her notes when giving a speech. Please refer to our Web site for more information.
2 : to have a direct connection or relationship to (something) The word “finch” refers to a kind of bird. The numbers shown in the text refer to footnotes at the bottom of the page.
3 : to talk about or write about (someone or something) especially briefly : to mention (someone or something) in speech or in writing No one referred to the incident.
Word by Word Definitions
: to think of, regard, or classify within a general category or group
: to explain in terms of a general cause
: to allot to a particular place, stage, or period
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