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  ( 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.  
ADJ n  
...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.  
  (mainly AM)  
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  

cross-reference        ( cross-references    plural & 3rd person present)   ( cross-referencing    present participle)   ( cross-referenced    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A cross-reference is a note in a book which tells you that there is relevant or more detailed information in another part of the book.  
2       verb   If something such as a book is cross-referenced, cross-references are put in it.  
usu passive  
Nearly 2,300 plant lists have been checked and cross-referenced.      be V-ed index of products and services which is cross-referenced to the supplying companies.      V-ed  
frame of reference        ( frames of reference    plural  ) A frame of reference is a particular set of beliefs or ideas on which you base your judgment of things.      n-count   usu with supp  
We know we're dealing with someone with a different frame of reference.     
point of reference        ( points of reference    plural  ) A point of reference is something which you use to help you understand a situation or communicate with someone.      n-count  
Do we still have any fixed point of reference in the teaching of English?     
reference library        ( reference libraries    plural  ) A reference library is a library that contains books which you can look at in the library itself but which you cannot borrow.      n-count  
terms of reference     
Terms of reference are the instructions given to someone when they are asked to consider or investigate a particular subject, telling them what they must deal with and what they can ignore.  
FORMAL      n-plural  
The government has announced the terms of reference for its proposed committee of inquiry.     
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the greater number or part of something
"the majority of" can only refer to a number of things or people. When talking about an amount, "most of" should be used. Ex.: Most of (not the majority of) the harvest was saved.
Used as an euphemism for replacing the word ‘fuck', with reference to the latter's taboo status and potential to shock or offend
[informal] Ex: Known for her banters and taste for swearing, the down-to-earth and much loved popstar was nonetheless warned to avoid dropping the F-bomb during the broadcast live ceremony
[philos.] of or relating to a doctrine of holism ; characterized by the approach that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
Ex: The lecturer emphasized the need for a holistic approach to fisheries
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
watch a great number of episodes from the same television series in a row
portmanteau word: binge (excessive consumption of something) + watching
a book that gives lists of facts, for example people's names, addresses, and telephone numbers, or the names and addresses of business companies, usually arranged in alphabetical order.
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