›[C](abbreviationref)COMMUNICATIONS, WORKPLACEa set of numbers or letters on a document such as a business letter, used so that people know what it relates to: give/quote/use a referenceIn all future letters on this subject, please quote our reference JW/155/C/2011.Please write with a full CV quoting the appropriate reference number.
›[C]HRa letter that is written by someone who knows you, often a previous employer, to describe you and say if you are suitable for a job, course, etc.: give/write sb a referenceHis former boss gave him an excellent reference.She has good references and an acceptable CV.check/follow up/take up referencesWe still need to recall the candidate for a second interview, and follow up references.a reference check → Comparetestimonial
›(alsopersonal reference, UK alsoreferee)HRa person who knows you and who is willing to write a reference for you: give/list/name sb as a referenceHe said he was happy for me to list him as a reference.
›[C or U]a mention of something: make reference to sthHe didn't make any reference to the new product in his report.
›[C or U]comparison with something: reference to sthComparative advertising is where one trader advertises his goods by reference to another trader's goods.
›[C]a statement that gives information about the financial situation and business history of a company, an organization, etc.: Check payment records of prospective customers through league tables, status agency reports, bank or trade references twice a year.
›[U]the action of looking at a book, piece of paper, etc. in order to find information or help: reference to sthHe made the whole speech without reference to the notes in front of him.reference books/works/publishing
for (future) reference›in order to be looked at for information in future: You should keep the prospectus on file for future reference.
for future reference, ...›used when telling someone something so they know about it in future: For future reference, he prefers to be addressed as 'Mr.'
in/with reference to sb/sthformal›used, especially in business letters, to say what you are writing or talking about: I am writing with reference to your letter of 15 March.
terms of reference›the subjects or questions which a study or report is intended to include: The inquiry's terms of reference included the consideration of pay and conditions in the fire service.