Definition of referee in English:

referee

Syllabification: ref·er·ee
Pronunciation: /ˌrefəˈrē
 
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noun

1An official who watches a game or match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to and (in some sports) to arbitrate on matters arising from the play.
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  • During the match assistant referee Andrew Halliday was felled by a hurled coin and bottles were thrown.
  • He has served as an ICC match referee and is a past chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
  • The results have been positive with one of our assistant referees officiating in the last World Cup tournament in France.
Synonyms
umpire, judge, linesman
informal ref, ump
2A person appointed to examine and assess for publication a scientific or other academic work.
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  • We are all familiar with how journal editors can select referees to get the reports they want.
  • We acknowledge the very important role of the many men and women who agree to serve as academic referees for the manuscripts submitted to Sociology of Religion.
  • Connor said that the referees were against publication.
2.1British A person willing to testify in writing about the character or ability of someone, especially an applicant for a job.
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  • While other character referees chose to scurry straight out of court or only give written statements, Andrew Vizard sat next to his brother before and after his evidence.
  • The paper also claimed that Ron Walker and Eddie McGuire have declined to be character referees in court on Thursday.
  • The line-up of character referees in the Federal Court on 21 February will be interesting to watch.
Synonyms
supporter, character witness, advocate

verb (referees, refereeing, refereed)

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[with object] Act as referee for: the man who refereed the World Cup final [no object]: refereeing for medical journals
More example sentences
  • If there is one thing he should never be allowed to do again, it's referee a professional football match.
  • The coach of Morgan's team was gracious enough to referee the match and stood in the middle as the game began.
  • Deirdre's husband Sean refereed the match and indeed Deirdre herself refereed the minor game earlier in the day.
Synonyms
umpire, judge
informal ump

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