refer to (someone or something)

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refer to (someone or something)

1. To mention or make a reference to someone or something. "What a loudmouth," said John, referring to Tom. I was referring to Paris, Texas, not Paris, France.
2. To indicate, signify, or point to someone or something. The first pie chart refers to the company's various expenditures, while the second refers to our sources of revenue. This line in the application refers to people with a weekly income of less than $500.
3. To look or turn to something as a source of information or support. Please refer to your employee handbook if you have any questions about these policies.
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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

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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Of course, we all know that the saying 'butter wouldn't melt in his mouth' was really meant to refer to someone insincere.
Most people use the word "saint" to refer to someone who is exceptionally good or "holy.
This does not make it correct to use lord to refer to someone who bakes or keeps bread, regardless of its roots.
However the customary definition of a Lone Ranger has evolved to refer to someone who works alone.
It is no longer as simple as he, she, it, or they (if indeed it ever was); she could refer to someone born biologically male who identifies as female, and they could be used to refer to a single person who identifies as gender-neutral (neither male nor female, or anything in the spectrum in between).
The average citizen may refer to someone as "having a better job than a polis in a park", but believe you me that officer's worries or responsibilities, although not visible, are like an albatross around his neck.
Unprivileged belligerent" would refer to someone not offered the rights of the Geneva Conventions, and who would be denied prisoner of war status and can be detained indefinitely.
As he has said: "When we refer to someone using this word it means they commit obscenities, whether through words or deeds.
If I refer to someone who has a high profile I use initials, which is sort of like hiding your valuables in your underwear drawer and assuming a robber would never think to look there.
Jagger is known as "pe frio" by Brazilian fans (a term meaning "cold feet" which is used to refer to someone who is jinxed) after the singer sported a Brazil shirt to attend the 2010 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Holland.
Typically when you go to a doctor and ask them about nutrition, they refer to someone else.
In the Philippines, never refer to someone who has invited you to an event as your "hostess" as it means "prostitute".
The term 'choc ice' is understood to refer to someone who is 'black on the outside, white on the inside'.
I bet that you've heard the term "gypped" before to refer to someone who has been cheated or scammed or had something stolen from them.
People often refer to someone having an 'ego' or being 'in denial' about something, ideas that can be traced back to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.