- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2A person appointed to examine and assess for publication a scientific or other academic work.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
verb (referees, refereeing, refereed)Back to top
- [with object] Act as referee for: the man who refereed the World Cup final [no object]: refereeing for medical journalsMore 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.