Synonyms of reference


1. mention, reference, remark, comment, input

usage: 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"

2. citation, cite, acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention, quotation, note, annotation, notation

usage: 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"

3. reference point, point of reference, reference, indicator

usage: an indicator that orients you generally; "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"

4. reference book, reference, reference work, book of facts, book

usage: a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"

5. character, reference, character reference, recommendation, testimonial, good word

usage: 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"

6. reference, denotation, extension, meaning, substance

usage: 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"

7. reference, consultation, action

usage: the act of referring or consulting; "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"

8. reference, source, publication

usage: 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"

9. address, computer address, reference, code, computer code

usage: (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored

10. reference, meaning, substance

usage: 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"


1. reference, cite, write, compose, pen, indite

usage: refer to; "he referenced his colleagues' work"

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