reference


reference
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noun
1 mentioning sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
extensive
brief, casual, passing
occasional
frequent, repeated
constant
further

They could find no further reference to Mr LaMotte in the records.

general
particular, special, specific

She won a grant to study political science with special reference to China.

direct, explicit, express (law, esp. BrE), overt
cryptic, indirect, oblique, obscure, subtle, vague, veiled
clear, obvious
ambiguous
early

one of the earliest references to the game of chess

biblical, cultural, historical, literary, religious
written
VERB + REFERENCE
contain, have, include

Her diary contains no reference to the alleged appointment.

drop, make

He dropped casual references to the legacy of his great work.

The article makes no reference to his first marriage.

delete, drop, omit, remove

The new constitution dropped all reference to previous wars.

avoid
find
get, understand

The audience didn't get the references to colonialism.

PREPOSITION
in a/the reference

In an obvious reference to the president, he talked of corruption in high places.

in reference to, with reference to (in letters)

I am writing with reference to your job application.

reference to

The summary should be comprehensible without reference back to the source work.

The book is filled with references to God.

2 consulting sb/sth for advice/help/information
ADJECTIVE
easy, quick

The book is organized alphabetically for easy reference.

further, future
PREPOSITION
by reference to

Our charges are calculated by reference to an hourly rate.

for reference

Retain a copy of the form for future reference.

without reference to

The decision was made without reference to local managers.

PHRASES
for sb's own reference, for sb's personal reference

I made a copy of your work, just for my own reference.

for reference purposes

She needs the book for reference purposes.

a source of reference

The book is an invaluable source of reference for the art historian.

3 book containing facts/information
ADJECTIVE
general

The book is by far the best general reference on natural history.

comprehensive
essential
handy, useful
excellent, good
standard
online

an online reference tool

REFERENCE + NOUN
book, guide, manual, material, source, text, work
tool
library
section

You'll find the information in the reference section of your local library.

desk (= in a library) (esp. AmE)
librarian (esp. AmE)
4 number/note/symbol
ADJECTIVE
copious
full

For full references of all books cited, see Appendix B.

appropriate

Please quote the appropriate reference in your letter.

bibliographic, bibliographical
page
grid, map
VERB + REFERENCE
quote
cite, give

References to original sources are given at the end of each chapter.

check
REFERENCE + NOUN
number
PREPOSITION
in a/the reference

The date of publication should be included in the reference.

reference to

a reference to page 17

PHRASES
a list of references
5 letter about your character/abilities
ADJECTIVE
glowing, good
bad
character
VERB + REFERENCE
ask for
need
give (sb), provide (sb with), write (sb)
follow up, take up (BrE)

They've taken up my references (= contacted the people who provided them), so they must be interested in me.

PREPOSITION
reference from

a reference from your current employer

PHRASES
a letter of reference
6 (esp. AmE) recommends sb for a job ⇨ See also ↑referee
VERB + REFERENCE
act as, be
contact
PREPOSITION
reference for

His former employer agreed to act as a reference for him.

7 standards by which sth is judged
REFERENCE + NOUN
point
group

Gene frequencies were calculated then compared with the Finnish population as a reference group.

sample (science)
PHRASES
a frame of reference

People interpret events within their own frame of reference.

a point of reference

Unemployment serves as a useful point of reference in examining social problems.

terms of reference (esp. BrE)

The matter was outside the committee's terms of reference.

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verb
Reference is used with these nouns as the object: ↑article

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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