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refer (one) to (someone or something)

To send or direct one to someone or something 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 back

To submit something back to some person or group of authority, as to decide, settle, or examine something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "refer" and "back." We'll have to refer back this matter and proceed only once we've heard from our legal team. We've made the changes requested of us, so now we have to refer it back to the panel to see if it can be approved.
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refer back to (someone or something)

1. To consult some previous piece or source of information; to turn one's attention back to something. We all referred back to the footage of our last game to see where each player could make improvements. I'll have to refer back to my notes to see what we had decided on at the last meeting.
2. To relate or pertain to something previously mentioned or seen. The image of the flowers refers back to the scene at the beginning of the film. The senator was referring back to the speech she gave in May.
3. To submit something back to some person or group of authority, as to decide, settle, or examine something. We'll have to refer this matter back to our legal team before we can proceed any further. We've made the changes requested of us, so now we have to refer it back to the panel to see if it can be approved.
4. To direct someone to meet, speak, or consult with some person or group of authority, information, or aid for a second time. The specialist referred me back to the doctor who made the original diagnosis. They referred me back to their PR team when I asked them about rumors of a potential merger.
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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 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 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

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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* Purchase--this is your opportunity to solidify the referral source's decision.
With the advent of the program, PCP referrals rapidly escalated, which had a corresponding impact on specialty referrals.
It's still unknown if the new vehicle will be part of the referral program upon its release.
Supporting children's charities, one referral at a time
The effort to amend the law started about 15 years ago when the San Francisco District Attorney subpoenaed the Bar Association of San Francisco's Lawyer Referral and Information Service to find out what a criminal defendant may have said to BASF staff when he called for a lawyer referral.
A formal referral chain to secondary and tertiary facilities for high-risk cases is non-existent in Pakistan.15 Tertiary care institutions are mainly located in major cities and the bulk of patients are self-referred.15 This results in overcrowding and poor quality of care that is available to the woman in need.
Referral myth #4: Referral acquisition is not a real marketing strategy
The court emphatically rejected that approach and said the board ignored evidence of bad conduct that harmed clients that was cited by the Special Committee on Lawyer Referral Services in its final report (which may be found at (www.floridabar.org/cmdocs/ cdOOl.nsf/WDOCS).
In that context, says Heider, "they can see your skills and how you perform, they can understand your philosophy, your service plan and how you deliver it, so when the time comes, they're comfortable enough with you to hand out that referral."
The global Referral Management Market over the forecast period of 2014 to 2019, according to a new market research report published by research firm MarketsandMarkets.
New referral guidelines reduce numbers: According to the Ministry of Health Referral Abroad Department (RAD) in Gaza, 1,307 patients were issued referrals in January to non-MoH health facilities for specialized treatment, a drop of 15.6% from the monthly average in 2014, following new guidelines.
If you're in this position, now is the time to evaluate the health of your referral relationships.
The word 'referral' comes from the word 'refer', which means "to redirect to a source for help or information".