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reference

noun (IN A PIECE OF WRITING)    /ˈref.ər.əns/ US  /-ɚ-/
B2 [C] a writer or a book, article, etc. that is mentioned in a piece of writing, showing you where the person writing found their informationQuoting and making references [C] (abbreviation ref) in a business letter, a number that tells you who to speak to or where to look for more information: In all future letters on this subject, please use/quote our reference JW/155/C.Quoting and making references
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