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  • EN [ ˈrefrəns]
  • US [ ˈrefrəns]

English definition


  • 1. a remark that calls attention to something or someone;

    • "she made frequent mention of her promotion"
    • "there was no mention of it"
    • "the speaker made several references to his wife"
  • 2. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage;

    • "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"
    • "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"
    • "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"
  • 3. an indicator that orients you generally;

    • "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
  • 4. a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts;

    • "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
  • 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 to often answered evasively"
  • 6. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to;

    • "the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"
  • 7. the act of referring or consulting;

    • "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
  • 8. a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to;

    • "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"
    • "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
  • 9. 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"


  • 1. refer to;

    • "he referenced his colleagues' work"

Example sentences

  • The library contains a large number of foreign language reference books.

  • We spent days going through all related reference material.

  • I like to have my reference books within my reach.

  • It has many omissions ; even so, it is quite a useful reference book.

  • An Ordnance Survey grid reference gives the position of a place to within 100 metres.

  • No reference books are to be taken out of the reading room without permission.

  • This article can be read for reference.

  • The booklet is very practical and handy of reference.

  • This test is to be taken by all pupils without reference to age or grade.

  • The headmaster supplied him with a reference.

  • The above views may or may not be correct, they are only for your reference.

  • Avoid any reference to his illness.

  • My opinion hasn't been well thought out and is only for your reference.

  • In studying current affairs you might read this article for reference.

  • Keep the dictionary at your elbow so you can use it for reference anytime.

  • This card should be kept on file for reference.

  • The matter, they decided, lay outside the commission's terms of reference.

  • Read these notes carefully and keep them for future reference.

  • He wrote a reference for him, describing his reliability and trustworthiness as "above questioning".

  • It was very conveniently situated just across the road from the City Reference Library.

  • He made only a veiled reference to international concerns over human rights issues.

  • No reference to their existence appears in any literature of the period.

  • It was an oblique reference to his mother.

  • The crowd chanted "No Poll Tax", a reference to the government's new local taxation system.

  • I'm calling in reference to your series on prejudice.

  • I am writing with reference to your article on salaries for scientists.

  • Do we still have any fixed point of reference in the teaching of English?

  • No direct reference was made to the call by the Foreign Office minister.

  • This might be done without reference to Parliament.

  • Make a note of the reference number shown on the form.

Phrase collocation

  • for future reference

    for use at a later date

    • she lodged this idea in the back of her mind for future reference.

  • terms of reference

    the scope and limitations of an activity or area of knowledge

    • the minister will present a plan outlining the inquiry's terms of reference.

  • with (或 in) reference to

    in relation to; as regards

    • war can only be explained with reference to complex social factors.

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