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  Definition of reference
  1. the act of referring or consulting; "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  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. 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
  7. 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"
  8. an indicator that orients you generally; "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
  9. 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"
  10. refer to; "he referenced his colleagues'' work"
Similar Words: consultation, denotation, extension, reference book, reference work, book of facts, character, character reference, citation, acknowledgment, credit, mention, quotation, reference point, point of reference, source, cite

 

Hyponyms: cookbook, cookery book, instruction book, source book, wordbook, handbook, enchiridion, vade mecum, directory, annual, yearbook, atlas, book of maps, map collection, encyclopedia, cyclopedia, encyclopaedia, cyclopaedia, photo credit, cross-reference, cross-index, allusion, retrospection, name-dropping, benchmark, bench mark, landmark, lubber's line, lubber line, lubber's mark, lubber's point, standard, criterion, measure, touchstone, target, mark, white line, buoy

 

Derivational Morphology: consult, refer, look up, denote, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, qualify, characterize, characterise, mention, advert, bring up, cite, name, accredit, credit, notice, acknowledge, adduce, abduce, quote, note, observe, remark, source, citation, quotation, acknowledgment

 

 
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