Definition of dereference verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

dereference

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌdiˈrɛfrəns//
 
dereference something(computing)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dereference
 
he / she / it dereferences
 
past simple dereferenced
 
-ing form dereferencing
 
 
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to use a piece of data to discover where another piece of data is held
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dereference