Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun reference

10 senses of reference

Sense 1
mention, reference -- (a remark that calls attention to something or someone; "she made frequent mention of her promotion"; "there was no mention of it"; "the speaker made several references to his wife")
       => remark, comment, input -- (a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account")

Sense 2
citation, cite, acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention, quotation -- (a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage; "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases")
       => note, annotation, notation -- (a comment or instruction (usually added); "his notes were appended at the end of the article"; "he added a short notation to the address on the envelope")

Sense 3
reference point, point of reference, reference -- (an indicator that orients you generally; "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved")
       => indicator -- (a signal for attracting attention)

Sense 4
reference book, reference, reference work, book of facts -- (a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic")
       => book -- (a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics")

Sense 5
character, reference, character reference -- (a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively")
       => recommendation, testimonial, good word -- (something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable)

Sense 6
reference, denotation, extension -- (the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to; "the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos")
       => meaning, substance -- (the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?")

Sense 7
reference, consultation -- (the act of referring or consulting; "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer")
       => action -- (something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions")

Sense 8
reference, source -- (a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to; "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"; "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation")
       => publication -- (a copy of a printed work offered for distribution)

Sense 9
address, computer address, reference -- ((computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored)
       => code, computer code -- ((computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions)

Sense 10
reference -- (the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to; "he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes")
       => meaning, substance -- (the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb reference

1 sense of reference

Sense 1
reference, cite -- (refer to; "he referenced his colleagues' work")
       => write, compose, pen, indite -- (produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels")

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