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refer (v.)

late 14c., "to trace back (to a first cause), attribute, assign," from Old French referer (14c.) and directly from Latin referre "to relate, refer," literally "to carry back," from re- "back" (see re-) + ferre "to carry, bear," from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry," also "to bear children." Meaning "to commit to some authority for a decision" is from mid-15c.; sense of "to direct (someone) to a book, etc." is from c. 1600. Related: Referred; referring.

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Definitions of refer from WordNet

refer (v.)
make reference to;
Synonyms: mention / advert / bring up / cite / name
refer (v.)
be relevant to;
There were lots of questions referring to her talk
Synonyms: pertain / relate / concern / come to / bear on / touch / touch on / have to do with
refer (v.)
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
refer (v.)
send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision;
refer a bill to a committee
refer a patient to a specialist
refer (v.)
seek information from;
refer to your notes
Synonyms: consult / look up
refer (v.)
have as a meaning;
Synonyms: denote
refer (v.)
use a name to designate;
Christians refer to the mother of Jesus as the Virgin Mary
From wordnet.princeton.edu