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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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection
           with the invention" [syn: mention, advert, bring up,
            cite, name]
      2: have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of
         questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to
         your earlier comments" [syn: pertain, relate, concern,
          come to, bear on, touch, touch on]
      3: think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or
         with a general group or in relation to another; "This
         plant can be referred to a known species"
      4: send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision;
         "refer a patient to a specialist"; "refer a bill to a
      5: seek information from; "You should consult the dictionary";
         "refer to your notes" [syn: consult, look up]
      6: have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' " [syn: denote]
      [also: referring, referred]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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