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
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;
Cricket stand
informal ref

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.

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.’

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