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English definition of “reference”
› [C] HR a 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 reference His former boss gave him an excellent reference. She has good references and an acceptable CV.check/follow up/take up references We still need to recall the candidate for a second interview, and follow up references. a reference check → Compare testimonial
› (also personal reference, UK also referee) HR a person who knows you and who is willing to write a reference for you: give/list/name sb as a reference He said he was happy for me to list him as a reference.
› [C or U] a mention of something: make reference to sth He didn't make any reference to the new product in his report.
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/sth formal › 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. → See also bank reference, credit reference