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English definition of “reference”

reference

noun [U] (LOOK AT)    /ˈref.ər.əns/ US  /-ɚ-/
C1 a quick look at a book , piece of paper , etc. in order to find information and help : He made the whole speech without reference to the notes in front of him.Reading
(Definition of reference noun (LOOK AT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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