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American English: /rəˈfər/
British English: /rɪˈfəː/

Translation of refer in Spanish:

transitive verb present participle referring past tense, past participle referred

  • 1 (direct)
    (to source of information) remitir
    (to place) enviar
    the reader is referred to …
    se remite al lector a …
    I kept being referred from one office to another
    me estuvieron enviando or mandando de una oficina a otra
    to refer somebody to a specialist (Medicine)
    mandar a alguien a un especialista
    derivar a alguien a un especialista (Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • I think my friend has already referred you to what is on page 213, but his Honour said, ‘I'll consider any submission you put.’
    • Friends, family and influential colleagues might also refer you to a trustworthy tailor.
    • I wrote to Paul (an old colleague) referring him to your article [on dowsing] and he replied.
  • 2 (submit)
    I shall refer your proposal to the board
    remitiré su propuesta a la junta
    someteré su propuesta a la consideración de la junta
    see alsorefer to
    Example sentences
    • We have repeatedly asked the council to refer this matter to an independent body.
    • His decision not to refer the matter to the Minister, on the face of the material before the Court, cannot be said to be so unreasonable that no reasonable decision-maker could have made it.
    • A decision to refer a matter to the minister depends on its sensitivity, demands on resources, need for a political judgement, and uncertainty about the minister's reactions.
    Example sentences
    • In addition, all of the participants had various medical conditions, but they were referred to the clinic because of stress-related symptoms.
    • A sequence of spots of lights is shown, and you will be asked which ones you can see. If you are found to have glaucoma, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) for treatment.
    • Since then, I have been referred to a specialist rheumatology hospital and have been prescribed many nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

Phrasal verbs

refer back to

1verb + adverb + preposition + object
(earlier chapter)
hacer referencia a
I'll have to refer back to my notes
tendré que volver a consultar mis apuntes
2verb + object + adverb + preposition + objectI was referred back to the specialist
me volvieron a mandar al especialista
me volvieron a derivar al especialista (Latin America)
the matter was referred back to the committee
el asunto se volvió a remitir a la comisión

refer to

verb + preposition + object
1 (mention)
hacer referencia a
aludir a
she didn't refer to the subject
no hizo referencia al tema
no aludió al tema
2 (allude to)
referirse a
are you referring to me, by any chance?
¿te refieres a mí, por casualidad?
I refer to your letter of 18th March
con relación a su carta del 18 de marzo
3 (apply to, concern)
atañer a
this criticism does not refer to you
esta crítica no va por ti
4 (consult)
remitirse a
refer to the manual
consulte el manual
remítase al manual
I shall have to refer to my notes
tendré que consultar mis apuntes
refer to drawer (on check)
devolver al librador (por falta de fondos)
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