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referee

noun ref·er·ee \ ˌre-fə-ˈrē \

Definition of referee

1 :one to whom a thing is referred: such 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b :a person who reviews a paper and especially a technical paper and recommends that it should or should not be published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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of referee

1549


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referee

verb

Definition of referee

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

Examples of referee in a Sentence

  1. She refereed the basketball game.

  2. He has refereed for several years now.

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First Known Use of referee

1883


British Definition of REFEREE

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referee

noun

British Definition of referee

:reference 4a

REFEREE Defined for English Language Learners

referee

noun

Definition of referee for English Language Learners

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


referee

verb

Definition of referee for English Language Learners

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


REFEREE Defined for Kids

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referee

noun ref·er·ee \ ˌre-fə-ˈrē \

Definition of referee for Students

1 :a sports official with final authority for conducting a game
2 :a person who is asked to settle a disagreement

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referee

verb

Definition of referee for Students

refereed; refereeing
:to act or be in charge of as referee
  • I referee basketball games.

Law Dictionary

referee

noun ref·er·ee \ ˌre-fə-ˈrē \

legal Definition of referee

:an officer appointed by a court or quasi-judicial body (as a workers' compensation board) to investigate a case, report findings, and often to make orders subject to review
  • the board may affirm, reverse, modify or supplement the order of the referee
  • Oregon Revised Statutes


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