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Synonyms for refer
rɪˈfɜr

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mention, advert, bring up, cite, name, refer(verb)

    make reference to

    "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"

    Synonyms:
    come to, touch, relate, give ear, concern, put forward, reference, cite, consult, pertain, adduce, summons, abduce, elevate, key out, describe, appoint, pay heed, call down, have-to doe with, conjure, lift, make, observe, arouse, key, remark, bring up, call, list, quote, conjure up, nurture, reboot, boot, advert, touch on, look up, constitute, summon, raise, identify, stir, get up, nominate, bear on, call forth, invoke, name, attend, mention, hang, evoke, rear, denote, distinguish, parent, allude, diagnose, discover, note

  2. refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with(verb)

    be relevant to

    "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

    Synonyms:
    adjoin, touch, resuscitate, equal, associate, doctor, have-to doe with, cite, rival, hit, consult, fix, pertain, appertain, continue, concern, impact, mend, worry, link, strike, meet, reach, repair, connect, bushel, stir, bring up, uphold, tinge, look up, affect, occupy, restore, name, relate, touch on, interrelate, preserve, tinct, bear on, partake, allude, bear upon, mention, colligate, contact, match, tie in, come to, advert, push, furbish up, denote, carry on, revive, extend to, interest, disturb, link up, tint

  3. refer(verb)

    think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another

    "This plant can be referred to a known species"

    Synonyms:
    denote, consult, touch, bring up, touch on, relate, bear on, concern, name, advert, mention, look up, have-to doe with, come to, pertain, cite

  4. refer(verb)

    send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision

    "refer a patient to a specialist"; "refer a bill to a committee"

    Synonyms:
    denote, consult, touch, bring up, touch on, relate, bear on, concern, name, advert, mention, look up, have-to doe with, come to, pertain, cite

  5. consult, refer, look up(verb)

    seek information from

    "You should consult the dictionary"; "refer to your notes"

    Synonyms:
    confab, relate, confer, touch, bring up, mention, name, have-to doe with, consult, advert, touch on, denote, confer with, come to, confabulate, pertain, cite, bear on, look up, concern

  6. denote, refer(verb)

    have as a meaning

    "`multi-' denotes `many' "

    Synonyms:
    name, touch, announce, mention, have-to doe with, consult, advert, touch on, bring up, denote, come to, relate, pertain, cite, bear on, look up, concern

  7. refer(verb)

    use a name to designate

    "Christians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary"

    Synonyms:
    denote, consult, touch, bring up, touch on, relate, bear on, concern, name, advert, mention, look up, have-to doe with, come to, pertain, cite

Wiktionary

  1. refer(verb)

    Synonyms:
    delegate, direct

  2. refer(verb)

    To direct the attention of.

    The shop assistant referred me to the help desk on ground floor.

    Synonyms:
    delegate, direct

  3. refer(verb)

    To submit to an authority figure for consideration.

    He referred the matter to the principal.

    Synonyms:
    direct, delegate

  4. refer(verb)

    To allude to, make a reference or allusion to.

    Synonyms:
    direct, delegate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refer

    Advert, mention, and refer are used of language that more or less distinctly utters a certain thought; the others of language from which it may be inferred. We allude to a matter slightly, perhaps by a word or phrase, as it were in byplay; we advert to it when we turn from our path to treat it; we refer to it by any clear utterance that distinctly turns the mind or attention to it; as, marginal figures refer to a parallel passage; we mention a thing by explicit word, as by naming it. The speaker adverted to the recent disturbances and the remissness of certain public officers; tho he mentioned no name, it was easy to see to whom he alluded. One may hint at a thing in a friendly way, but what is insinuated is always unfavorable, generally both hostile and cowardly. One may indicate his wishes, intimate his plans, imply his opinion, signify his will, suggest a course of action. Compare SUGGESTION.

    Synonyms:
    advert, allude, hint, imply, indicate, insinuate, intimate, mention, point, signify, suggest

    Preposition:
    The passage evidently alludes to the Jewish Passover.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refer

    Synonyms:
    attribute, associate, assign, advert, connect, relate, point, belong, allude, apply, appeal

    Antonyms:
    disconnect, dissociate, misapply, misappertain, alienate, misbeseem, disresemble

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refer(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    direct, consign, commit, leave, deliver over, give in charge

  2. refer(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    attribute, ascribe, impute, assign

  3. refer(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    relate, belong, pertain, appertain, have reference

  4. refer(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    appeal, apply, have recourse

  5. refer(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    allude, direct attention, make allusion, make reference, hint at

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refer(v)

    Synonyms:
    allude

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "refer":

    see, relate, reference, consult, mention, consults, query, transmit, footnote, designate, defer, submit, pertain

How to pronounce refer?

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Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say refer in sign language?

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How to use refer in a sentence?

  1. Carl Thayer:

    When Vietnam refers to the 'new situation', they are using coded language to refer to the rising likelihood of an armed confrontation or clash with China, particularly in the South China Sea.

  2. Emily Fuentes:

    We’ve really never seen this in the West before, many of these refugees experience two kind of persecution that we refer to as smash and squeeze.

  3. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    I would refer you to those statements, i, as attorney general, am not able to provide any further comment on the facts or the substance of the investigation.

  4. Elton John:

    How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic'. And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children, your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.

  5. Jay Ken Iinuma:

    When I stated at the deposition that I never looked at a 'medical record' while at Aetna, I understood the term 'medical record' to refer to the entirety of a patient historical file containing all charts, doctors' notes, laboratory tests, and any other report generated by a treating provider for that patient, in my mind, and based on my experience, this is the definition of a patient's 'medical record' -- a record of their treatment and medical history. Not only is a patient's medical record generally a very large file or files, in my experience neither patients nor providers submit the entirety of a patient's medical record to Aetna. Patients and providers submit only portions of a patient's medical record for Aetna's review.


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