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refer to (someone or something)

1. To mention or make 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 expenditures, 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.
3. 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.
218 ff.) is somewhat oblique and turns out to refer to something by William Thomas, contained somewhere within a Victorian Government report.
For students who were born in 2001, an article published that same year may seem to refer to something that is ancient history today.
Do you look in surprise every time your parents refer to something from your home country?
But the ASA ruled: "We considered that in the context of a food supplement, consumers would consider 'Carb Blocker' to refer to something that offered significantly greater prevention than the body could naturally achieve without its use."
They refer to something in his antiSurrealist screed--namely, a scene from a 1923 Charlie Chaplin film, A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate, which features a love triangle involving a starving artist.
One other thing that may irk comic book fans is the lack of Easter eggs, those little bits of silliness or fun that refer to something in the comics.
Propaganda is often used to refer to something negative, perhaps through its association with Nazi propaganda.
He did not elaborate on the comment, however it may refer to something shared in private conversations between the brothers and their mother.
It was a scene that millennials themselves could capture in their own youthspeak to refer to something weird and unexpected: 'Anyare?'
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.
Furthermore, in a present-continuous-tensed sentence such as "Meteorites are constantly bombarding the moon," the reference can hardly be to "the present moment." In this sense at least, present-tensed sentences need not refer to something called "the present." It may be that attention to nonevent forms of temporal predication including (the lexical-aspect sense of) continuous activity or process-predications would prove helpful with this matter.
| 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.
Henceforth, 'Tory swing' will simply refer to something Boris Johnson sits on for a photo opportunity.