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refer verb PHRASAL VERBS refer to sb/sth

ADV. briefly, in passing He referred to the report in passing. | specifically | commonly The disease was commonly referred to as ‘the green sickness’. | frequently, often | generally, usually | sometimes | always | never | jokingly

VERB + REFER be used to The term ‘alexia’ is used to refer to any acquired disorder of reading.

PREP. as She always referred to Ben as ‘that nice man’.