reference ( references plural )
1 n-var Referenceto someone or something is the act of talking about them or mentioning them. A reference is a particular example of this.
He made no reference to any agreement...
2 n-uncount Reference is the act of consulting someone or something in order to get information or advice.
Please keep this sheet in a safe place for reference.
3 adj Reference books are ones that you look at when you need specific information or facts about a subject.
...a useful reference work for teachers.
4 n-count A reference is a word, phrase, or idea which comes from something such as a book, poem, or play and which you use when making a point about something.
...a reference from the Quran.
5 n-count A reference is something such as a number or a name that tells you where you can obtain the information you want.
Make a note of the reference number shown on the form.
6 n-count A reference is a letter that is written by someone who knows you and which describes your character and abilities. When you apply for a job, an employer might ask for references.
The firm offered to give her a reference.
7 n-count A reference is a person who gives you a reference, for example when you are applying for a job.
in BRIT, usually use referee
8 If you keep information for future reference , you keep it because it might be useful in the future.
for future reference phrase PHR after v
Read these notes carefully and keep them for future reference.
9 You use with reference to or in reference to in order to indicate what something relates to.
with/in reference to prep-phrase
I am writing with reference to your article on salaries for scientists...
frame of reference
point of reference
terms of reference
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
future ( futures plural )
1 n-sing The future is the period of time that will come after the present, or the things that will happen then.
the N (Antonym: past)
The spokesman said no decision on the proposal was likely in the immediate future..., He was making plans for the future..., I had little time to think about what the future held for me.
2 adj Future things will happen or exist after the present time.
She said if the world did not act conclusively now, it would only bequeath the problem to future generations..., Meanwhile, the domestic debate on Denmark's future role in Europe rages on., ...the future King and Queen.
for future reference
3 n-count Someone's future, or thefutureof something, is what will happen to them or what they will do after the present time.
usu sing, usu with supp
His future as prime minister depends on the outcome of the elections..., ...a proposed national conference on the country's political future...
4 n-count If you say that someone or something has afuture, you mean that they are likely to be successful or to survive.
usu a N in sing
These abandoned children have now got a future..., There's no future in this relationship.
5 n-plural When people trade in futures, they buy stocks and shares, commodities such as coffee or oil, or foreign currency at a price that is agreed at the time of purchase for items which are delivered some time in the future. (BUSINESS) usu with supp
This report could spur some buying in corn futures when the market opens today...
6 adj In grammar, the future tense of a verb is the one used to talk about things that are going to happen. In English, this applies to verb groups consisting of `will' or `shall' and the base form of a verb. The future perfect tense of a verb is used to talk about things that will have happened at some time in the future.
7 You use in future when saying what will happen from now on, which will be different from what has previously happened. The form in the future is sometimes used instead, especially in American English.
in (the) future phrase
I asked her to be more careful in future..., In the future, Mr. Fernandes says, he won't rely on others to handle this.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
n expectation, hereafter, outlook, prospect, time to come
adj approaching, coming, destined, eventual, expected, fated, forthcoming, impending, in the offing, later, prospective, subsequent, to be, to come, ultimate, unborn
, adj bygone, erstwhile, ex-, former, late, past, preceding, previous, quondam
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
To add entries to your own vocabulary, become a member of Reverso community or login if you are already a member.
It's easy and only takes a few seconds:
- Create your own vocabulary list
- Contribute to the Collaborative Dictionary
- Improve and share your linguistic knowledge
"Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners 4th edition published in 2003 © HarperCollins Publishers 1987, 1995, 2001, 2003 and Collins A-Z Thesaurus 1st edition first published in 1995 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995"