referral

noun re·fer·ral \ ri-ˈfər-əl \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018
1 : the act, action, or an instance of referring
  • gave the patient a referral to a specialist
2 : one that is referred

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First Known Use of referral

1927

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REFERRAL Defined for English Language Learners

referral

  • : the act of sending someone to another person or place for treatment, help, advice, etc.


Medical Dictionary

referral

noun re·fer·ral \ ri-ˈfər-əl \
1 : the process of directing or redirecting (as a medical case or a patient) to an appropriate specialist or agency for definitive treatment
2 : an individual that is referred

Law Dictionary

referral

noun re·fer·ral \ ri-ˈfər-əl \
: the act or an instance of referring
  • appealed the referral of the bill to the Budget Committee


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