(noun, verb)


1. a remark that calls attention to something or someone

- the speaker made several references to his wife

Similar word(s): mention

Definition categories: communication, comment, input, remark

2. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

Similar word(s): acknowledgment, citation, cite, credit, mention, quotation

Definition categories: communication, annotation, notation, note

3. an indicator that orients you generally

- it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved

Definition categories: communication, indicator

4. a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts

- he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic

Definition categories: communication, book

5. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability

- requests for character references are all too often answered evasively

Similar word(s): character

Definition categories: communication, recommendation, testimonial

6. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to

Similar word(s): denotation, extension

Definition categories: thought, meaning, substance

7. the act of referring or consulting

- reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer

Similar word(s): consultation

Definition categories: act, action

8. a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to

- he carried an armful of references back to his desk

Similar word(s): source

Definition categories: communication, publication

9. (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored

Similar word(s): address

Definition categories: communication, code

10. the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to

- he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes

Definition categories: thought, meaning, substance


1. refer to

- he referenced his colleagues' work

Similar word(s): cite

Definition categories: creation, compose, indite, pen, write

Sentences with reference as a verb:

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