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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·fer v. t. [imp. & p. p. Referred p. pr. & vb. n. Referring.]
 1. To carry or send back. [Obs.]
 2. Hence: To send or direct away; to send or direct elsewhere, as for treatment, aid, information, decision, etc.; to make over, or pass over, to another; as, to refer a student to an author; to refer a beggar to an officer; to refer a bill to a committee; a court refers a matter of fact to a commissioner for investigation, or refers a question of law to a superior tribunal.
 3. To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, source, a motive, reason, or ground of explanation; as, he referred the phenomena to electrical disturbances.
 To refer one's self, to have recourse; to betake one's self; to make application; to appeal. [Obs.]
    I'll refer me to all things sense.   --Shak.