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refer to (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To call someone or something by a particular name or title. Should I refer to you as Dr. Smith or professor Smith? I think you're all old enough now that you can start calling me Nancy, instead of Mrs. Johnson. They guys in engineering have started referring to the project as "The Impossible Task."
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refer to (someone or something)

1. To make mention of or 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 expenditure, 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 dollars.
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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 (one) to (someone or something)

To send or direct someone to something or someone else as a source of information or support. You can refer the customer to clause 34-B if they are still unsure of their obligation. Let me refer you to a friend of mine; he's a clinical psychologist and may be able to help.
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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

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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Marketers are also quickly becoming experts at building thought leadership through content, engaging prospects on search and social channels, and using the influence of existing customers to drive new customers through referrals.
Suffolk optometrists are able to refer patients using an on-line referral portal provided by Evolutio Care Innovations and referrals are triaged by local optometrists.
If referral trends have not changed, then look at your data within the context of what is occurring at each referral source.
The lawyer may not refer the client to another service provided by the referral agency unless the requirements of Rules 4-1.
To see the complete results, download the Employee Referral Index 2013 Report.
An attorney's actions after receiving a referral are crucial to receiving more referrals in the future.
In addition, specialists can modify the referral criteria according to their preferences or the needs of their practices, flexibility that helps with physician buy-in because they view the criteria partially as their product.
But if you don't tell them you want a referral, then they won't think about it the next time someone asks them for a name.
Many advisors are told to wait to ask for a referral until they have a new client.
Referral tracking has also been improved as it previously took up to six hours to chase a referral between the GP and the hospital.
The referral letter is a key instrument to ensure effective communication and seamless continuation of service between primary and secondary care.
I have gotten appraisal assignments from just as wide a range of referral sources.
In her new book, this San Francisco-based speaker outlines a better way for companies to reach out to new prospects, and it all revolves around building referral systems and networking.