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refer to (something)

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

v.
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 ?
But the remark puzzled Mary; it seemed to refer to something else; and her manner had changed so strangely, now that William was out of hearing, that she could not help looking at her for an explanation.
It is a very thin line sometimes between plagiarism and imitation, but please know that if I inadvertently refer to something you said without referencing you as the source, my intentions were meant as respect for your opinions.
Jigger - a back entry or alley, recorded since 1902 - the word jig was often used to refer to something small or narrow, and it developed several slang uses, such as a narrow door, a prison cell, an illegal distillery, and (as in Liverpool) a narrow passageway.
The earliest use of the word jinx to refer to something other than the bird seems to have been in the context of baseball; in the short story The Jinx later collected in the book The Jinx: Stories of the Diamond in 1911.
This last one was particularly frustrating if you're in the middle of a phone call and need to refer to something on your screen.
Now they can refer to something they have themselves in Dubai.
Lately, however, the word is being used by many scholars and analysts to refer to something more specific.
If I do refer to something fairly out of the way then I will add a note so people know what it is.
It could refer to something as small as duets or as large as symphonies; however, chamber repertoire with one performer on a part is the medium most often explored.
John wrote: "Something that has bugged me for a while is why we say `apple of my eye' to refer to something that is cherished.
There, Banham uses the term to escape from classical aesthetics, to refer to something that, while not conforming to traditional canons of judgment, nevertheless was, in his terms, "visually valuable," requiring "that the building should be an immediately apprehensible visual entity, and that the form grasped by the eye should be confirmed by experience of the building in use.
I am assuming that by this time the reader is fully aware that when I say "non-historical," or "way of understanding reality other than history," I mean to refer to something other than a strictly literary approach.
This is a word, and words have meaning, and when words have meaning they refer to something.
In so holding, the Tax Court gave no credence to the argument that "any other reasonable method" can refer to something other than actual cost, even though the regulations fail to explicitly qualify the term "cost" with the adjective "actual.
It is not good enough for Channel 4 to refer to something as `reconstructed truth'.