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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

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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Young women with reproductive health claims were also more likely than other Medicaid enrollees to be referred to the juvenile justice system for any criminal offense (odds ratio, 2.
probably referred to economic sins in their day but that their meaning is lost to us.
The report finds that some persons are being referred simply to ensure that referral targets are met.
After the team reviews its findings it crafts an individualized educational plan for each referred child.
If an infant is identified in the screening, he will be referred to an AVH audiologist, who will perform a full hearing test and further evaluate the situation.
Status: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Select Education for further consideration.
Zelisko referred to the retroactive nature of the broad definition of gross receipts, which creates a difficult burden for companies to reconstruct gross receipts in the base period.
He referred to issues such as water security, security against microbial weapons, maritime pollution and electrical magnetic pollution.
In contrast, hiring an external marketer--called a solicitor by the SEC--typically requires no up-front outlay; fees are based on revenues the referred clients generate.
Students with acute acting-out behaviors attributed to a recent family crisis are often referred to a community agency for family therapy, and students with chronic acting-out behaviors are often referred for special education evaluation.
The American people know that today the area often referred to as the "Holy Land" is once again proving to be the bloodiest place on this planet.
The Tax Court, apparently unsatisfied with this result, determined that, if this only referred to the "minimum period" established by Sec.