re·​fer·​ral | \ ri-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce referral (audio) \

Definition of referral

1 : the act, action, or an instance of referring gave the patient a referral to a specialist
2 : one that is referred

Examples of referral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And now, after ProPublica’s questions, the parent company of his insurer said the case is being investigated and could lead to repayment or a referral to law enforcement. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984.," 5 Sep. 2020 The Careline supports survivors of suicide by providing crisis intervention, education, and referral. Anchorage Daily News, "Healing through laughter: These friends uplift with viral videos showcasing Cup’ik culture," 2 Sep. 2020 The tests will be free, with no symptoms, health insurance or doctor referral needed, Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Busting Bundy, blaming students, supporting masks: News from around our 50 states," 27 Aug. 2020 Second, parents/guardians can make a referral to the school. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, "Carmel Clay Schools to sign contract with Ascension St. Vincent for mental health services," 14 Aug. 2020 Kevin Spellman, the current chair of the committee, said the committee’s focus is on design and construction practices, and making sure none of the money is used outside the scope of the projects listed in the bond referral to voters. oregonlive, "School districts harvest hundreds of millions in extra dollars on bond measures with limited accountability to voters," 5 Aug. 2020 Your wife has legitimate needs, too, and if her depression seems not to be lifting, or is worsening, please reach out to your family doctor for a referral to a therapist. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Grandparents risk health to see grandson," 21 May 2020 Last year, the median wait between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment from a specialist was nearly 21 weeks. Sally C. Pipes, National Review, "The Canadian Health-Care Scare," 24 Aug. 2020 The charging documents did not explain why several months lapsed between the referral from CPS and Davis’ arrest. Mary Grace Keller,, "Manchester man charged with sex offenses after allegedly touching two children," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of referral

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of referral was in 1927

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12 Sep 2020

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“Referral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of referral

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


re·​fer·​ral | \ ri-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce referral (audio) \

Medical Definition of referral

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


re·​fer·​ral | \ ri-ˈfər-əl How to pronounce referral (audio) \

Legal Definition of referral

: the act or an instance of referring appealed the referral of the bill to the Budget Committee

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