(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. submit, commit, send, direct, assign, ascribe, attribute. See evidence. —v. i. allude, advert, apply, concern, appeal. See relation, attribution.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To concern]
Syn. regard, relate, have relation, have to do with, apply, be about, answer to, involve, connect, be a matter of, have a bearing on, correspond with, bear upon, comprise, include, belong, pertain, have reference, take in, cover, appertain, point, hold, encompass, incorporate, touch, deal with; see also concern 1 .
2. [To mention]
Syn. allude to, bring up, direct a remark, make reference to, make an allusion to, advert, ascribe, direct attention to, call attention to, attribute, cite, quote, hint at, point out, point to, note, notice, indicate, speak about, suggest, touch on, give as an example, associate, adduce, exemplify, instance, excerpt, extract; see also mention .
3. [To direct]
Syn. send to, put in touch with, transfer, relegate, commit, submit to, assign, give a recommendation to, introduce; see also designate 1 , lead 1 .
Syn.- refer implies deliberate, direct, and open mention of something [ he referred in detail to their corrupt practices ] ; allude to implies indirect, often casual mention, as by a hint or a figure of speech [ although she used different names, she was alluding to her family ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. make reference cite, allude, point to, touch on, mention, quote, speak of, bring up.
2. send direct, point, assign, recommend.
3. regard relate, deal with, involve, concern, apply, pertain, cover.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To direct (a person) elsewhere for help or information: send, transfer, turn over. See MOVE. 2. To regard as belonging to or resulting from another: accredit, ascribe, assign, attribute, charge, credit, impute, lay1. See GIVE. 3. To call or direct attention to something: advert, bring up, mention, point, point out, touch (on or upon). See WORDS. 4. To be pertinent: appertain, apply, bear on (or upon), concern, pertain, relate. Idioms: have a bearing on, have to do with. See RELEVANT. 5. To look to when in need: apply, go, repair2, resort, run, turn. Idioms: fall back on (or upon), have recourse to. See USED.

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