Definition of umpire in English:

umpire

Line breaks: um¦pire
Pronunciation: /ˈʌmpʌɪə
 
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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.
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  • 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
referee, linesman, referee's assistant, assistant referee, judge, line judge, adjudicator, arbitrator, arbiter, moderator, overseer, supervisor
informal ref
North American informal ump
1.1A person chosen to arbitrate between contending parties.
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  • 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

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Act as an umpire in a game or match: he could be seen regularly umpiring for the club [with object]: he umpired the World Cup final
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  • 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, supervise; Cricketstand
informal ref

Derivatives

umpirage

noun
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  • 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.’

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.

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