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v. re·ferred, re·fer·ring, re·fers
1. To direct to a source for help or information: referred her to a heart specialist; referred me to his last employer for a recommendation.
2. To submit (a matter in dispute) to an authority for arbitration, decision, or examination.
3. To direct the attention of: I refer you to the training manual.
a. To assign or attribute to; regard as originated by.
b. To assign to or regard as belonging within a particular kind or class: referred the newly discovered partita to the 1600s. See Synonyms at attribute.
a. To relate or pertain; concern: questions referring to yesterday's lecture.
b. To serve as a descriptor or have as a denotation: The word chair refers to a piece of furniture.
2. To speak or write about something briefly or incidentally; make reference: referred during our conversation to several books he was reading.
3. To turn one's attention, as in seeking information: refer to a dictionary.

[Middle English referren, from Old French referer, from Latin referre : re-, re- + ferre, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

ref′er·a·ble (rĕf′ər-ə-bəl, rĭ-fûr′-) adj.
re·fer′ral n.
re·fer′rer n.
Usage Note: Many people consider refer back to be redundant, since the prefix re- often means "back," and the original Latin meaning of refer was "to carry back," and indeed, if something refers to something else, it points, in an abstract sense, back to it. Most of the Usage Panel gives credence to this line of thinking. In our 1995 survey, 65 percent considered the phrase refer back redundant or inelegant. However, there may be situations in which the phrase is appropriate and justifiable: one can refer back to something that has already been mentioned, in contrast with referring ahead to something that has not yet been mentioned. Used in this manner, refer back should be acceptable, especially when refer is transitive: We will assume this position in the coming chapters and refer the reader back to the previous chapter for arguments supporting it. See Usage Note at redundancy.


(rɪˈfɜr əl)

1. an act or instance of referring.
2. the state of being referred.
3. a person referred or recommended to someone or for something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.referral - a person whose case has been referred to a specialist or professional group; "the patient is a referral from Dr. Bones"
case - a person requiring professional services; "a typical case was the suburban housewife described by a marriage counselor"
2.referral - a recommendation to consult the (professional) person or group to whom one has been referred; "the insurance company says that you need a written referral from your physician before seeing a specialist"
recommendation - something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable
3.referral - the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)
forwarding - the act of sending on to another destination; "the forwarding of mail to a new address is done automatically"; "the forwarding of resumes to the personnel department"
remit, remitment, remission - (law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)


[rɪˈfɜːrəl] N
1. (Med, Psych) ask your GP for a referral to a clinical psychologistpídale a su médico que le envíe a un psicólogo clínico
letter of referralvolante m médico
2. (to higher authority) → remisión f
3. (Jur) [of case] → remisión f


[rɪˈfɜːrəl] n
[patient] (to hospital)
She got a referral to a specialist → Elle a été adressée à un spécialiste.
[matter, case] → renvoi m
referral to sb → renvoi devant qn


n (Med: to hospital, specialist etc) → Überweisung f(to zu); (Jur: of case) → Verweisung f (→ to an +acc); referral letter, letter of referral (Med) → Überweisung f


[rɪˈfɜːrəl] ndeferimento; (Med) she got a referral to a specialistl'hanno mandata da uno specialista


n. recomendación; remisión;
___ and consultation___ y consulta.


n remisión f, derivación f (esp. Esp)
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