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noun ref·er·ent \ˈre-f(ə-)rənt\

Definition of referent

  1. :  one that refers or is referred to; especially :  the thing that a symbol (such as a word or sign) stands for

referent

adjective

Origin and Etymology of referent

Latin referent-, referens, present participle of referre


First Known Use: 1844


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