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reference

noun
 
 
/ˈrefərəns/
SAY [C, U] a few words that you say or write about someone or something: In his book, he makes several references to his time in France.Quoting and making references
with/in reference to sth formal B2 relating to something: I am writing to you with reference to the job advertised in yesterday's newspaper.Quoting and making references
LOOK AT [C, U] the act of looking at information, or the thing that you look at for information: Please keep this handout for future reference (= to look at in the future).ReadingQuoting and making references
LETTER [C] B2 a letter that is written by someone who knows you, to say if you are suitable for a job or course →  See also cross reference Official documentsRecruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
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