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Definition 1: think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another - [verb of cognition]

Samples where refer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This plant can be referred to a known species

(refer is a kind of ...) arrange or order by classes or categories

"How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"

Definition 2: have as a meaning - [verb of communication]

Samples where refer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `multi-' denotes `many'

Synonyms for refer in the sense of this definition

(refer is a kind of ...) denote or connote

"`maison' means `house' in French" "An example sentence would show what this word means"

(... is a kind of refer ) practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive

"Don't twist my words"

(... is a kind of refer ) refer to something with a euphemism

(... is a kind of refer ) go back to something earlier

"This harks back to a previous remark of his"

(... is a kind of refer ) give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property

"Many senators were named in connection with the scandal" "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"

(... is a kind of refer ) refer (a word or name) to a person or thing

"He applied this racial slur to me!"

(... is a kind of refer ) speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur

"your comments are slurring your co-workers"

(... is a kind of refer ) indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

"Can you express this distance in kilometers?"

(refer has a similar meaning as ...) be a sign or indication of

"Her smile denoted that she agreed"

Definition 3: make reference to - [verb of communication]

Samples where refer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His name was mentioned in connection with the invention

Synonyms for refer in the sense of this definition

(refer is a kind of ...) intend to refer to

"I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France" "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

(... is a kind of refer ) mention something unpleasant from the past

"Drag up old stories"

(... is a kind of refer ) put forward for consideration or discussion

"raise the question of promotions" "bring up an unpleasant topic"

(... is a kind of refer ) refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them

(... is a kind of refer ) cite as an authority; resort to

"He invoked the law that would save him" "I appealed to the law of 1900" "She invoked an ancient law"

(... is a kind of refer ) refer to or discuss briefly

(... is a kind of refer ) refer to for illustration or proof

"He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"

(... is a kind of refer ) mention favorably, as in prayer

"remember me in your prayers"

(... is a kind of refer ) mention someone's name who just then appears

(... is a kind of refer ) mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship

"Remember me to your wife"

(... is a kind of refer ) refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists

Definition 4: use a name to designate - [verb of communication]

Samples where refer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(refer is a kind of ...) assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

"They named their son David" "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"

Definition 5: seek information from - [verb of communication]

Samples where refer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You should consult the dictionary
  • refer to your notes

Synonyms for refer in the sense of this definition

(refer is a kind of ...) attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner

"The student researched the history of that word"

Definition 6: send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision - [verb of motion]

Samples where refer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • refer a patient to a specialist
  • refer a bill to a committee

(refer is a kind of ...) cause to go somewhere

"The explosion sent the car flying in the air" "She sent her children to camp" "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"

(... is a kind of refer ) refer for judgment or consideration

"The lawyers submitted the material to the court"

(... is a kind of refer ) send back to a committee

"The bill was recommitted three times in the House"

Definition 7: be relevant to - [verb of stative]

Samples where refer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for refer in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of refer ) center upon

"Her entire attention centered on her children" "Our day revolved around our work"

(... is a kind of refer ) be pertinent or relevant or applicable

"The same laws apply to you!" "This theory holds for all irrational numbers" "The same rules go for everyone"

(... is a kind of refer ) connect closely and often incriminatingly

"This new ruling affects your business"

(... is a kind of refer ) be of importance or consequence

"This matters to me!"

(refer has a similar meaning as ...) make a more or less disguised reference to

"He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"

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