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English verb: refer

1. refer (communication) make reference to


SamplesHis name was mentioned in connection with the invention.


Synonymsadvert, bring up, cite, mention, name


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)have in mind, mean, think of


Narrower (hyponym)appeal, bring up, cite, commend, cross-refer, drag up, dredge up, invoke, namedrop, quote, raise, remember, remember, speak of the devil, touch on

2. refer (stative) be relevant to


SamplesThere were lots of questions referring to her talk.
My remark pertained to your earlier comments.


Synonymsbear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, relate, touch, touch on


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)affect, apply, center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, go for, hold, interest, involve, matter to, regard, revolve about, revolve around


Verb groupadvert, allude, touch

3. refer (cognition) think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another


SamplesThis plant can be referred to a known species.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out

4. refer (motion) send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision


SamplesRefer a patient to a specialist.
Refer a bill to a committee.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)direct, send


Narrower (hyponym)recommit, subject, submit

5. refer (communication) seek information from


SamplesYou should consult the dictionary.
Refer to your notes.


Synonymsconsult, look up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)research

6. refer (communication) have as a meaning


Samples`multi-' denotes `many' .


Synonymsdenote


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)intend, mean, signify, stand for


Narrower (hyponym)apply, come back, convolute, euphemise, euphemize, express, hark back, identify, name, pervert, recall, return, slur, sophisticate, state, twist, twist around


Verb groupdenote

7. refer (communication) use a name to designate


SamplesChristians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)call, name









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