What is another word for referent?

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[ ɹɪfɹˈɛnt], [ ɹɪfɹˈɛnt], [ ɹ_ɪ_f_ɹ_ˈɛ_n_t]

How to use "Referent" in context?

Since language is a tool that humans use to construct ideas, it is useful to explore how a concept can be defined. A referent is a word, phrase, or image used as a basis for comparison, meaning, or purpose. When we refer to something, we are using a referent.

For example, when we say that a penny is small, we are referring to the penny as a referent. In the sentence, "That coin is worth a penny," "coin" is the referent. When we refer to a person, we use their full name.

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