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ref·er·ence

reference

 
 
pronunciation:
re f rns [or] re frns
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of referring.
synonyms:
referral
similar words:
relation
definition 2: an allusion.
synonyms:
allusion, mention
definition 3: a source of information.
She is a good reference on computer matters.We go to the library to look up references.
synonyms:
authority, source
similar words:
resource
definition 4: one who recommends another for a position or job.
definition 5: a footnote or other direction to information in a book or scholarly paper.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: referenced, references, referencing
definition 1: to provide (a book or paper) with footnotes or other references.
similar words:
document
definition 2: to allude to; direction the attention to.
synonyms:
advert to, allude to, mention, refer to, touch on
similar words:
cite, name, quote
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