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"referral" in British English

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referralnoun [C or U]

uk   /rɪˈfɜː.rəl/  us   /-ˈfɝː.əl/
the ​act of ​directing someone to a different ​place or ​person for ​information, ​help, or ​action, often to a ​person or ​group with more ​knowledge or ​power: The ​doctor gave him a referral to (= ​arranged for him to ​see) the ​consultant.
(Definition of referral from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"referral" in American English

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referralnoun [C]

 us   /rɪˈfɜr·əl/
an ​act of ​sending someone or something to a ​person or ​place where what is ​wanted or ​needed can be ​obtained: Her ​doctor gave her a referral to a ​specialist.
(Definition of referral from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"referral" in Business English

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referralnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /rɪˈfɜːrəl/
the ​act of ​directing someone to a different ​place or ​person for ​information, ​help, or ​action: a referral from sb/sth The commission's ​inquiry into the ​warranties began after a referral from the ​Office for Fair Trading. 75% of the company's ​hires come from employee referrals.
someone who is ​directed to a different ​place or ​person for ​information, ​help, or ​action: business/client referrals People on the company's ​clientdatabase are also promised ​discounts for future ​custom and ​cashrewards or ​freegifts for ​business referrals.
(Definition of referral from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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