Reference vs Based - What's the difference?

reference | based |

As verbs the difference between reference and based

is that reference is to refer to, to make reference to, to cite while based is (base).

As a noun reference

is a relationship or relation ((to) something).

As an adjective based is

founded on; having a basis; often used in combining forms.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A relationship or relation ((to) something).
  • *, III.1.3:
  • all these are far more eminent and great, when they shall proceed from a sanctified spirit, that hath a true touch of religion and a reference to God.
  • A measurement one can compare to.
  • Information about a person, provided by someone (a referee) with whom they are well acquainted
  • A reference work.
  • (semantics) A relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object.
  • (academic writing) A short written identification of a previously published work which is used as a source for a text.
  • (academic writing) A previously published written work thus indicated; a source.
  • (programming) An object containing information which refers to data stored elsewhere, as opposed to containing the data itself.
  • (programming, character entity) A special sequence used to represent complex characters in a web page such as ™ or €.
  • (obsolete) appeal
  • * Shakespeare
  • Make your full reference .

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    See also

    * sense


  • to refer to, to make reference to, to cite
  • Reference the dictionary for word meanings.
  • to mention
  • Usage notes

    * Some authorities object to the use of reference as a verb, preferring "refer to" or "cite".




    (en adjective)
  • founded on; having a basis; often used in combining forms
  • That was a soundly based argument.

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  • (base)
  • Being derived from (usually followed by on' or ' upon ).
  • It's a new film based on a best-selling novel.
  • Having a
  • The ladder is based on the even sidewalk for stability.
  • Having a base of operations.
  • The company is based in New York.