Meaning of “reference” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /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.
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.
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).

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

(Definition of “reference” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)