refer to

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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 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

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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References in classic literature ?
It is surely an error to suppose that lines 22-35 all refer to Hesiod: rather, the author of the "Theogony" tells the story of his own inspiration by the same Muses who once taught Hesiod glorious song.
But she holds it on sufferance and by a complimentary construction of language which does not refer to her.
Grewgious, laying his hand on Rosa's, as the possibility thrilled through his frame of his otherwise seeming to take the awful liberty of calling Miss Twinkleton my dear; 'I refer to the other young ladies.
587,588 where the lines refer to the washing the dead body of Hector.
Assuming, as we may safely do, that the Syra and Ortygia of the "Odyssey" refer to Syracuse, it is the fact that not far to the South of these places the land turns sharply round, so that mariners following the coast would find the sun upon the other side of their ship to that on which they'd had it hitherto.
Miss Lavinia was going on to make some rejoinder, when Miss Clarissa, who appeared to be incessantly beset by a desire to refer to her brother Francis, struck in again:
I thought, Laura, that you and I were never to refer to him again," I said gently.
There is no danger of my forgetting them--my memory is only too ready to dwell on any words of Hartright's that refer to Anne Catherick.
Each of us would then refer to a confused heap of papers at his side, which had been thrown into drawers, worn into holes in Pockets, half-burnt in lighting candles, stuck for weeks into the looking-glass, and otherwise damaged.
But evidently her mother spoke of the matter later, for next time Philip came she took the opportunity when they were alone for a couple of minutes to refer to it.
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2) Part of something is used to refer to the whole thing: Sura "Fatiha" is called Hamad, However Alhamed is part of it.
I REFER to Malcolm Graham's letter (March 19) that Jesus never existed outside of Biblical accounts.
3) From that usage, "chair" also came to refer to a professor's chair, the chair from which the professor lectured and exercised his authority.
They failed to refer to the two passages which refer to this subject.