referee


1ref·er·ee

noun \ˌre-fə-ˈrē\

: a person who makes sure that players act according to the rules of a game or sport

Full Definition of REFEREE

1
:  one to whom a thing is referred: as
a :  a person to whom a legal matter is referred for investigation and report or for settlement
b :  a person who reviews a paper and especially a technical paper and recommends that it should or should not be published
c chiefly British :  reference 4a
2
:  a sports official usually having final authority in administering a game

Examples of REFEREE

  1. <served as the unofficial referee in disputes over the family business>

First Known Use of REFEREE

1621

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, dreadful, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction

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2referee

verb

sports : to act as a referee in (a game or sport)

refereedreferee·ing

Full Definition of REFEREE

transitive verb
1
:  to conduct (as a match or game) as referee
2
a :  to arbitrate (as a legal matter) as a judge or third party
b :  to review (as a technical paper) before publication
intransitive verb
:  to act as a referee

Examples of REFEREE

  1. She refereed the basketball game.
  2. He has refereed for several years now.

First Known Use of REFEREE

1889

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