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reference

noun  /ˈref·ər·əns, ˈref·rəns/ us  

reference noun (MENTIONING)

[C/U] the act of mentioning someone or something in speech or writing: [U] Avoid making any reference to his accident.

reference noun (STATEMENT)

[C] a written statement describing your character and abilities, or the person who writes this statement: She has excellent references. Could I list you as a reference on my application?

reference noun (CONNECTION)

[U] the act of making a connection between subjects: His comments were in reference to a stupid question someone asked.

reference noun (AUTHORITY)

[C/U] a text that records facts and information: [C] There is a list of the author’s references at the end of the article. [C/U] A reference is also the act of looking at a text: [U] These books are for reference only and may not be checked out of the library. [C/U] A reference can also mean a reference book: [C] What references did you use for this research?
(Definition of reference from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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