Definition of referral noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈfɜːrəl//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfɜːrəl//
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[uncountable, countable] referral (to somebody/something) the act of sending somebody who needs professional help to a person or place that can provide it illnesses requiring referral to hospitals to make a referral The report suggests that doctors should reduce their rate of referral (= to specialists).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: referral