Nounreferences to an earlier event
The numbers were calculated by reference to the most recent census. Reference to a map will make the position clear.
She listed her former teacher as a reference when she applied for the job.
Her former teacher gave her a reference when she applied for the job.
Her teacher gave her a letter of reference. Adjective
a list of reference materials Verb
The book references many other authors who have written on this topic. See More
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The clue package also included bulldogs, a Hawaiian shirt, pom poms and a reference to Hello, Dolly!—Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2023 The designers noted that their work is for a woman who knows her references, even if that means skewing niche.—Tina Isaac-Goizé, Vogue, 26 Sep. 2023 Tytler also placed them under the care of Port Blair’s chaplain, one Reverend Henry Fisher Corbyn, a young Anglican priest with a divinity degree and impeccable references.—Adam Goodheart, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Sep. 2023 There are no gaudy mentions of Gaudi or knowing references to vermouth hour; the Circle takes Witold out for an Italian meal, not for tapas.—Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 The question, though, is whether the musical’s references are so quintessentially British as to be less reflexively funny to American audiences.—Peter Marks, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 This previously unknown reference features a complete calendar mechanism and is expected to fetch a pretty penny this November with estimates ranging $1-2 million.—Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2023 The reference is to Flannery Associates, a group of tech billionaires and capital investors that has spent more than $800 million in recent years buying up undeveloped land in the county with the apparent intent of building a new city, according to surveys sent to local residents.—Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Colorado State coach Jay Norvell added some spice to the rivalry on his show Wednesday night by making a reference to Sanders’ tendency to wear a hat along with sunglasses at news conferences.—Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 Sep. 2023
The gallery’s wall configuration, which has been fixed for quite some time, has now been opened up in refreshingly spacious ways that allow a viewer to visually cross-reference paintings.—Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 This is despite progress; many country national climate action plans now cross-reference gender, and country delegations include more women.—Catherine McKenna, Scientific American, 8 Nov. 2022 Some problems occurred because the system didn’t properly cross-reference country codes used on a money-laundering watchlist with the country codes used to process wire transfers, the SEC said.—Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 20 May 2022 State officials regularly cross-reference voting records with BMV records, which list someone’s citizenship status on their driver’s license.—Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 12 July 2021 This process sees them cross-reference lists of the dead from the Washington Department of Health and the Social Security Administration.—Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, 11 Dec. 2020 The access could help OFAC cross-reference information with other investigators, including those in the U.S. intelligence community, said Mr. Lorber, a former senior adviser to the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.—Jack Hagel, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2020
Many of them referenced a scene in witch Jack Black’s teacher gives Tomika a pep talk about body positivity.—Zack Sharf, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 The illustration Radburn found stands out in that it is described in a contemporaneous account and appears to reference not just British nobility but the sovereign in particular.—Karla Adam, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 The counterattack Miller referenced took place in the game’s 16th minute, when Las Vegas goalkeeper Alan Diaz gathered the ball and rocketed a kick that traveled deep into the San Diego end, where it was gathered by Azriel Gonzalez.—Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2023 Vince Vaughn appeared to have a ball while referencing some of the popular films from his oeuvre during an appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay.—Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Sep. 2023 His legacy as a staunch advocate for diversity and equity was referenced throughout the event by presenters and honorees.—Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 22 Sep. 2023 The filing referenced a heart attack Newman suffered in June 2021 and a fainting incident in May 2022, and noted that her workload had been reduced.—Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 21 Sep. 2023 Bird referenced a demonstration from the launch event that showed Copilot drafting an email on a user’s behalf.—Monica Chin, The Verge, 21 Sep. 2023 The study referenced SpotHero, a parking app, to find the least expensive monthly parking rate in each city’s most central area.—Michael Kolomatsky, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 See More
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