refer to


refer to
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "refer to":
present tense I/you/we/they refer to he/she/it refers to present participle referring to past tense referred to past participle referred to
1) refer to someone/something to mention someone or something when you are speaking or writing

She referred to the subject several times during her speech.

Jack was careful not to refer to the woman by name.

refer to someone/something as:

Even as a boy he referred to his father as Steve.

refer back to something (= mention something again):

I would like to refer back to something I said in my introduction.

2) refer to something to describe something, or to be about something

These notes refer to the case of a teenage murderer.

The term "groupware" refers to software designed to be used by several computer users at once.

3) refer someone to someone/something to send someone to another person or place in order to get help, information, or advice

The doctor referred me to a skin specialist.

Her case was referred to the Court of Appeal.

4) refer to something
formal to look at a book, map etc for information

Please refer to our catalogue for details of all our products.


English dictionary. 2014.

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