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refer someone back to someone or something

to suggest that someone go back to someone or something, such as the source. I referred the client back to the lawyer she had originally consulted. Tom referred the customer back to the manufacturer who had made the shoddy product.
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refer someone to someone or something

to direct someone to someone or something; to send someone to someone or something. The front office referred me to you, and you are now referring me to someone else! They should have referred you to the personnel department.
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refer something back to someone or something

 and refer something back
to send something back to someone or a group for action. Dr. Smith knows more about this kind of case, so I referred it back to him. They referred back all the bills.
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refer to someone or something

to mention someone or something. Are you referring tome when you speak about a kind and helpful person? I was referring to the personnel department.
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refer to something

to look at something for information or help He referred to the dictionary for the correct spelling of the word.
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refer to somebody/something

to mention or talk about someone or something I think you're referring to a TV interview on a news program last week. Do you think he was referring to me?
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refer somebody to something

to bring someone's attention to something I refer the reader to chapter 6.
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refer somebody to somebody/something

to give someone the name of someone else or of an organization My doctor referred me to a cancer specialist. She was referred to the Rare Books department of the public library.
Usage notes: people are usually referred to someone or something that will help them, as in the examples
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refer something to somebody/something

(slightly formal)
to ask that a problem or idea be considered by someone or something else The Senate voted to refer the issue to a subcommittee. All inquiries should be referred to the central office in Philadelphia.
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refer to somebody/something as somebody/something

to call someone or something by a particular name Some people referred to them as freedom fighters, but to me they were terrorists. The area south of 9th Street is referred to as the South Slope. His real name is Charles, but his friends refer to him as “Chuck.”
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refer to

1. To mention or reference someone or something: When you say he's clumsy, are you referring to what he did the other day? When we are in the meeting, refer to me as your colleague and not as your sister.
2. To signify something or someone directly; denote something or someone: The red line on the graph refers to the birth rate and the blue line to the death rate.
3. To pertain to something or someone; concern something or someone: I have a question referring to yesterday's lecture.
4. To direct someone to someone or something for help, support, or information: My doctor couldn't find the problem, so she referred me to a specialist.
5. To have recourse to someone or something for help, support, or information; turn to someone or something: Whenever I encounter a word that I don't know, I refer to a dictionary.
6. To direct the attention of someone to something: The instructor referred us to the third page of the manual.
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It refers to engaging in a heterosexual relationship for the purpose of making people believe that one is heterosexual.
For specific information regarding the ISO refer to their web site at URL http://www.
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Note that the first B is preceded by a dollar sign, so it is absolute, but the second B is not, so it is relative; thus, wherever YTD is used, it will refer to the range of columns from column B to the current column.
TRANSGENDER: Originally used to refer to individuals who lived in another gender but did not desire surgery, the term is now used interchangeably with transsexual, though transgender is preferred by many because of its allusion to gender identity.
Still, without regulations dictating that managed care plans must refer HIV patients to HIV specialists, many people would not receive proper care.
The primary care physician refers the patient to the specialist, who treats and discharges the patient and informs the referring physician of the disposition.
Presumably, CPAs in such situations simply would not refer their clients to such an adviser.
One refers to the present time, and two refer to distant epochs in the past.
A dangerous belief lurks deep in the hearts and minds of many small business owners: If you provide good customer service, people will refer business to you.
The program allows members of the site to refer other lawyers to Lawline.
His continual use of the word "gay" to refer to the homosexual lifestyle perpetuates a travesty which deserves to die a natural death.
The mayor, that rascally Wellington Webb, is about to declare a state of emergency if anyone dares refer to the new home of the Broncos as Invesco Field, even though the wise investors of the Invesco Funds Group decided to divest $120 million of its clients' money for the right to plaster the company logo all over the new facility for the next 20 years.
The USIS Network Associate program is aimed primarily at real estate brokers and building managers who refer tenants to USIS for a cabling or other technology assignment.