noun Date: 1927 1. the act, action, or an instance of referring <
gave the patient a referral to a specialist
2. one that is referred

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • referral — noun /rifɹ̩əl/ a) The act or process of transferring someone or something to another, of sending by reference, or referring. The insurance company insists I get a referral from my regular doctor, I cant just go to the specialist, a GP has got to… …   Wiktionary

  • referral — re|fer|ral [rıˈfə:rəl] n [U and C] formal when someone sends someone or something to another person to be helped or dealt with referral to ▪ The doctor will give you a referral to a specialist in your area. ▪ Only 39 percent of patients were seen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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