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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

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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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.