# refer

refer is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
 refer

## Verb

 Plain form refer Third-person singular refers Past tense referred Past participle referred Present participle referring
1. (transitive) If you refer to something, you talk or write about it, usually in passing.
The teacher referred to some research, but I didn't know what he meant.
The media refers to the war as "the troubles".
He referred to her only by her first name.
2. (intransitive) If you refer to a book or other source of information, you check it.
You should refer to the dictionary to find the meaning.
3. (intransitive) If ${\displaystyle x}$ refers to ${\displaystyle y}$, ${\displaystyle x}$ is about ${\displaystyle y}$.
The numbers refer to last year's sales.
4. (transitive) If you refer ${\displaystyle x}$ to ${\displaystyle y}$, you send ${\displaystyle x}$ to ${\displaystyle y}$ for help or to be dealt with.
He referred me to the science department.