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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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Licenses, survey results, community involvement and accreditations, such as those offered by JCAHO and the CARF can influence the referring party's perception of your organization's ability to deliver quality services.
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He is referring to the education he was in the process of receiving, thus depicting himself as a gifted critical thinker at such a young age.
Referring to the technical advice memorandum on asbestos costs, Mr.
Managed by the referring physician, the specialist is contacted directly and given the basic information regarding the patient's condition and status, as well as the means of transport and expected arrival time.
Depending on the specific circumstances of each engagement, CPAs may interact with other advisers in a number of ways--using the information or opinions of other advisers to develop recommendations, referring clients to other advisers for particular products or services, coordinating the efforts of a team of advisers or some combination thereof.
Users can receive free cash for referring people to everything from cell-phone plans to gym memberships to apartment rentals aggregated from across the Web.
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Meanwhile, the Norm speaks of referring (by pronoun) not to the Holy Spirit but to the person of the Holy Spirit, that is, to the New Testament reality of a distinct divine person.
The statute prohibits physicians having a financial relationship with an entity from referring patients to that entity for clinical laboratory services, without a specific exception.
Referring to Senator Dole and Representative Gingrich's suggestion that a moratorium be imposed on the issuance of regulations, Mr.
As for the change from Pan Am to Met Life, he said, "Anybody that was in the real estate business will catch themselves over lunch or dinner referring to it as Pan Am.
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