A referral sends someone somewhere, often for help or advice. You'll need a referral from your doctor in order to see a specialist.

You could also receive a referral for a job, if someone passes along your application. If you're dealing with a big company or institution, you might get tired of the endless referrals from one department to another. Remember that referral has two r's in the middle, “rr,” like a growl.

Definitions of referral

n the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)

remission, remit, remitment
(law) the act of remitting (especially the referral of a law case to another court)
Type of:
the act of sending on to another destination

n a recommendation to consult the (professional) person or group to whom one has been referred

“the insurance company says that you need a written referral from your physician before seeing a specialist”
Type of:
something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable

n a person whose case has been referred to a specialist or professional group

“the patient is a referral from Dr. Bones”
Type of:
a person requiring professional services

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