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1reference/ˈrɛfrəns/noun
pluralreferences
1reference
/ˈrɛfrəns/
noun
pluralreferences
Learner's definition of REFERENCE  
: the act of mentioning something in speech or in writing : the act of referring to something or someone
[count]
[noncount]
[noncount]  : the act of looking at or in something for information
— see also cross-reference
[count]  : a person who can be asked for information about another person's character, abilities, etc.
— called also "British"referee
   b  : a statement about someone's character, abilities, etc.
[count]
[noncount]
[count]  : something (such as a book, dictionary, encyclopedia, etc.) that people can look at or in to find information about something

in reference to

formalorwith reference to
: about or concerning (something or someone) : in relation to

terms of reference

— see 1term
2reference/ˈrɛfrəns/verb
referencesreferencedreferencing
2reference
/ˈrɛfrəns/
verb
referencesreferencedreferencing
Learner's definition of REFERENCE  
[+ object]
: to mention (something or someone) in speech or in writing : to refer to (something or someone)
3reference/ˈrɛfrəns/adjective
3reference
/ˈrɛfrəns/
adjective
Learner's definition of REFERENCE  
always used before a noun
: used to find information about something
: used to tell people where information can be found
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