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
  1. noun
    the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)
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    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
  2. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable
  3. noun
    a person whose case has been referred to a specialist or professional group
    “the patient is a referral from Dr. Bones”
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    type of:
    a person requiring professional services
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