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.
v 1: make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection
with the invention" [syn: mention, advert, bring up,
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]