Definition of 'reference'
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He had a reference number for the bike. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It promised to remove any reference to the problem from his credit file. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The idea proposed would see the department working with credit reference agencies and other organisations that collect data around spending habits. Computing (2010)There is a particularly traumatic reference point for Bangladesh. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The laws of football make no reference to two-footed tackles or feet off the ground. The Sun (2016)The Southwark crown court judge read a character reference from her. The Sun (2016)Sorry, slightly obscure cultural reference there. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Only the nobility's works of reference retained a certain decorum. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Overall, he was a cool and composed point of reference for his team amid the general frenzied activity. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The new perfumes contain historical references yet don't feel old-fashioned. Times, Sunday Times (2016)These are hugely useful frames of reference. LIVING ON THE FAULT LINE, REVISED EDITION (2002)You will be given a reference number. Times, Sunday Times (2007)What should you do if you are asked to provide reference information? A Conceptual View of Human Resource Management: Strategic Objectives, Environments, FunctionsReference groups provide a standard for judging our attitudes or behaviors. Sociology (1995)They may also have a different selection of books in their reference section. Life Without Work (1994)Look also into the reference works that may be specifically addressed to your field of inquiry. A Short Guide to Writing About History (1995)At the end of the report list any references used or further reading suggested. Everything You Need to Know for Success in Business (1990)Our scant cultural references are scarcely informative either. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You will need specific references to literature to support your view. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)Please retain this information for future reference. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It contains a reference to him playing baseball. Times, Sunday Times (2008)After complaints from a teacher the posters were redesigned to remove the reference before being put up again. Times, Sunday Times (2014)These central lines of your grid will be reference points against which you position the elements of your landscape. Learn to Draw Countryside (1996)The defence of qualified privilege had to be considered with reference to the particular publication complained of as defamatory. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Where an employer provides a reference there is a duty of care towards the intended recipient and the former employee. Times, Sunday Times (2007)My old reference points are dissolving. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Yet google her, and you will find not another reference to her name. Times, Sunday Times (2008)On its final page, one short sentence makes an oblique reference to the crisis ahead. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The film is steeped in subtle comic references to classic horror movies, but its humour is universal. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Would you rather attend a interview with a portfolio university projects or take range of real-life examples and references confirming your skills? Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Translations for 'reference'
British English: reference /ˈrɛfərəns; ˈrɛfrəns/ NOUN
Reference to someone or something is the act of talking about them or mentioning them. A reference is a particular example of this.
He made no reference to any agreement.
- American English: reference
- Arabic: مَرْجِع
- Brazilian Portuguese: referência
- Chinese: 提到
- Croatian: upućivanje na
- Czech: zmínka
- Danish: reference
- Dutch: referentie
- European Spanish: referencia
- Finnish: viite
- French: référence
- German: Bezugnahme
- Greek: παραπομπή
- Italian: riferimento
- Japanese: 参考
- Korean: 참조
- Norwegian: referanse
- Polish: odniesienie
- European Portuguese: referência
- Romanian: referire
- Russian: ссылка
- Spanish: referencia
- Swedish: hänvisning
- Thai: การอ้างอิง
- Turkish: gönderme kaynak
- Ukrainian: згадування
- Vietnamese: sự nhắc đến
British English: reference ADJECTIVE
Reference books are ones that you look at when you need specific information or facts about a subject.
There are several reference books which have been compiled to help you make your choice.
- American English: reference
- Brazilian Portuguese: de referência
- Chinese: 供参考的
- European Spanish: de consulta
- French: de référence
- German: Nachschlage-
- Italian: di consultazione
- Japanese: 参照用の
- Korean: 참고용의
- European Portuguese: de referência
- Spanish: de consulta
Definition of reference from the Collins English Dictionary
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