Referee definition

rĕfə-rē
A person to whom something is referred for decision.
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To judge as referee.
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To act as referee.
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(brit.) A person, esp. one with good credentials, given as a reference in seeking employment.
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(law) A person appointed by a court to study, take testimony in, judge, and report on, a matter.
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To act as referee for (a game, sport, etc.) or regarding (a legal matter, scholarly article, etc.)
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An official who enforces the rules in certain sports contests; specif., the chief official in a football game.
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To act as referee.
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The definition of a referee is a person who mediates or resolves a dispute, or is a person in a sporting event who monitors the teams and makes sure all rules are followed.

A parent who is continually breaking up disputes between his kids is an example of a referee for their disputes.

A person in a basketball game who watches the players and calls penalties when the rules are broken is an example of a referee.

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One to whom something is referred, especially for settlement, decision, or an opinion as to the thing's quality.
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An academic authority who examines and evaluates an article, book, etc. with regard to its fitness for publication.
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A quasijudicial master appointed by a court to assist with a specific matter, and who in certain jurisdictions is permitted to take testimony and determine factual issues that, eventually, are reported back to the court for judgment. See also master.
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(sports) An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game.
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A person who settles a dispute.
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A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone.
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An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published.
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To act as a referee.
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(sports & games) An official supervising the play; an umpire.
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(law) A person appointed by a court to assist a judge in the trying of a case or to hear certain types of cases.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
referee
Plural:
referees

Origin of referee

  • Middle English, from Old French past participle of referer (“to relate, to refer"), from Latin referre (“to carry back, to report, to notify"); as if refer +"Ž -ee, that is, the person to whom something is referred for consideration.

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