An act of referring: filed away the article for future reference. Significance in a specified context: Her speeches have special reference to environmental policy. Meaning or denotation. The state of being related or referred: with reference to; in reference to. A mention of an occurrence or situation: made frequent references to her promotion. A note in a publication referring the reader to another passage or source. The passage or source so referred to. A work frequently used as a source. A mark or footnote used to direct a reader elsewhere for additional information. Law Submission of a case to a referee. Law Legal actions conducted before or by a referee. A person who is in a position to recommend another or to vouch for his or her fitness, as for a job. A statement about a person's qualifications, character, and dependability. To supply references to: "Our memories are addressed and referenced . . . by significant fragments of their own content\u201d ( Frederick Turner). To mention in a reference; refer to: He referenced her book in his speech. See Usage Note at allude.