reference meaning

[ 'refrəns ] Pronunciation:   "reference" in a sentence
  • Noun: reference  ref(u)runs
    1. A remark that calls attention to something or someone
      "the speaker made several references to his wife"
    Verb: reference  ref(u)runs
    1. Refer to
      "he referenced his colleagues' work"
      - cite

    Sounds like: referents

    Derived forms: referenced, referencing, references

    See also: refer, referent, referential

    Type of: action, annotation, book, code, comment, compose, computer code, good word, indicator, indite [archaic], input, meaning, notation, note, pen, publication, recommendation, remark, substance, testimonial, write

    Encyclopedia: Reference

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun [C]


    1 (abbr ref.)

    a set of letters or numbers that identifies a person, letter, etc:

    Please quote reference ZK42

    Put the reference number in the subject line of your email.

    ❖ to give/quote a reference number


    a letter written by sb who knows you, giving information about your character and abilities, especially to a new employer:

    We will take up references after the interview.

    They always carry out in-depth reference checks.

    ❖ to ask for/follow up/take up references

    ◆ to give (sb)/provide (sb with)/write (sb) a reference

    3 (especially AmE) = REFEREE noun (1):

    My previous boss will act as a reference for me.


    in/with reference to (formal, usually used in written English)

    used to say what you are talking or writing about:

    With reference to your letter of 2 May ...

    verb [+ obj]

    to refer to sth; to provide sth with a reference number:

    Each order has a unique number and can be referenced at any time.

  • [Economics]
    See banker's reference, referee

  • [Law]
    n. 1. The referral by a court of a case (or an issue arising in a case) to another court or an arbitrator (referee) for a decision or opinion. In the High Court any action or any question or issue of fact arising from it may be referred to an official referee for trial. In the county courts, a case may be referred to the district judge for an opinion and report. Under the Treaty of Rome, a court may refer to the European Court of Justice a question of Community law for a preliminary ruling and must do so if it is a court from which there is no appeal within the national system.
    2. (in succession) See INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE.

  • [Medicine]
    adj : of known potency and used as a standard in the biological assay of a sample of the same drug of unknown strength ‹a dose of reference cod-liver oil›


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  1. please quote our reference when replying.
  2. you should always verify your references.
  3. this card should be kept on file for reference ..
  4. our reference book proved to be insufficient.
  5. this card should be kept on file for reference ..

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