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Definition of Refer

Refer

  1. To carry or send back.
  2. Hence: To send or direct away; to send or direct elsewhere, as for treatment, aid, information, decision, etc.; to make over, or pass over, to another; as, to refer a student to an author; to refer a beggar to an officer; to refer a bill to a committee; a court refers a matter of fact to a commissioner for investigation, or refers a question of law to a superior tribunal.
  3. To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive, reason, or ground of explanation; as, he referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.
  4. To have recourse; to apply; to appeal; to betake one's self; as, to refer to a dictionary.
  5. To have relation or reference; to relate; to point; as, the figure refers to a footnote.
  6. To carry the mind or thought; to direct attention; as, the preacher referred to the late election.
  7. To direct inquiry for information or a guarantee of any kind, as in respect to one's integrity, capacity, pecuniary ability, and the like; as, I referred to his employer for the truth of his story.

Refer Quotations

Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one.
George Washington

Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going. Once faced and settled there really wasn't any good reason to refer to it.
Amelia Earhart

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Albert Einstein

When people refer to 'Back in the Day,' it was a Wednesday. Just a little fun fact for you.
Dane Cook

It is a historical error for those who were not there to just refer to August 28th as 'I Have a Dream' speech day. That is a real disservice to those who were there. It was a sad day. It was not a celebration environment.
Jesse Jackson
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Refer Translations

refer in German is weise, Bezug nehmen, berichten, verweisen
refer in Latin is refero retuli relatum, revoco
refer in Spanish is referirse
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