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umpire

Syllabification: um·pire
Pronunciation: /ˈəmˌpī(ə)r
 
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Definition of umpire in English:

noun

1(In some sports) an official who watches a game or match closely to enforce the rules and arbitrate on matters arising from the play.
Example sentences
  • But the point here is that such a play does not give umpires the mandate to reverse any call.
  • The primary purpose of UIS, he says, is to serve as a training tool, giving umpires objective feedback.
  • Hoy is often credited as the reason umpires adopted hand signals for safe, out, and strike calls, which would make for a nice little niche in baseball history.
Synonyms
1.1A person chosen to arbitrate between contending parties.
Example sentences
  • The second great purpose of the monarchy is to be available as an impartial umpire above party when the nation is split by a constitutional crisis.
  • In the event the two arbitrators fail to agree on an umpire either party shall have the right to submit the matter to the Canadian Arbitration Association.
  • Before things escalated Monday, umpires got in the middle of the scrum.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
1Act as an umpire.
Example sentences
  • He was considered so good at the job he was requested to stop playing and concentrate on full-time umpiring some years back.
  • I think a larger strike zone up and down would make it a better game, but umpires have been umpiring the same way for 20 years.
  • From a playing point of view, it's always been my belief that you get the standard of umpiring you deserve.
1.1 [with object] Act as umpire in (a game or match).
Example sentences
  • Linda Barker chose the school's head of girls games to umpire a rounders match.
  • He is standing in his 12th Test match and has umpired 62 one-day internationals.
  • Nigel Iggo, an international umpire from Christchurch who last month umpired both finals at four-nation tournaments in Australia, said umpires had been using the interpretation for some time.
Synonyms
referee, adjudicate, arbitrate, judge, moderate, oversee, officiate
informal ref, ump

Origin

late Middle English (originally as noumpere) (denoting an arbitrator): from Old French nonper 'not equal'. The n was lost by wrong division of a noumpere; compare with adder1.

More
  • pair from (Middle English):

    Pair comes from Latin paria ‘equal things’, formed from par ‘equal’. Latin par also lies behind compare (Late Middle English) ‘to pair with, bring together’; disparage (Middle English) originally ‘a mis-pairing especially in marriage’, later ‘to discredit’; nonpareil (Late Middle English) ‘not equalled’ (taken directly from the French); par (late 16th century) ‘equal’, a golfing term from L19th; parity [L16] ‘equalness’; peer (Middle English) ‘equal’; and umpire (Middle English) originally noumpere, from the same source as nonpareil, because an umpire is above all the players. A noumpere was later re-interpreted as ‘an umpire’ and the initial ‘n’ was lost.

Derivatives

umpirage

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌpīrij/
noun
Example sentences
  • Nations without that umpirage are in the condition of a population without government.
  • The invention relates to a whistle for use in umpirage of athletic games and in security jobs including guiding and signaling to gathering people.
  • There he spoke eloquently ‘of cultivating general friendship, and of bringing collisions of interest to the umpirage of reason rather than of force.’

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