referee

noun
ref·​er·​ee | \ ˌre-fə-ˈrē How to pronounce referee (audio) \

Definition of referee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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b : a person who reviews a paper and especially a technical paper and recommends that it should or should not be published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 sense 4a
2 : a sports official usually having final authority in administering a game

referee

verb
refereed; refereeing

Definition of referee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to conduct (a match or game) as referee
2a : 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

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Examples of referee in a Sentence

Noun served as the unofficial referee in disputes over the family business Verb She refereed the basketball game. He has refereed for several years now.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, each bout requires at least eight to 10 referees and officials—all of whom are volunteers. al, "Get a crash course on Birmingham’s 14-year-old roller derby team," 12 Nov. 2019 The two were separated by teammates, referees and team personnel from the bench. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns suspended after fight and escalating antics," 31 Oct. 2019 In 2017, he was suspended for one game and fined $24,309 by the league for unsportsmanlike conduct after getting into a verbal altercation with a referee and throwing a penalty flag into the stands during a game against the New York Jets. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens trade for top cornerback Marcus Peters, sending LB Kenny Young to Rams," 15 Oct. 2019 The announcement came after a conversation between the game's referee and England's captain Harry Kane. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England paused twice over racist abuse," 14 Oct. 2019 According to the Associated Press, the ruling, which came down on Wednesday, also included mandatory bias training for all referees and coaches involved in high-school level athletic programs. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Referee Who Made Wrestler Cut Locks Receives Two-Season Suspension," 20 Sep. 2019 Wilson is legislative historian, political referee and confidante for the 80 members of the Assembly. Los Angeles Times, "The California Assembly’s keeper of rules and rituals calls it a career," 13 Sep. 2019 Rapinoe has something for which to be thankful to Infantino: the introduction of VAR, which has had a disruptive debut in women’s soccer as referees and players have adjusted to the new technology. Rob Harris, SFChronicle.com, "Megan Rapinoe winning in all facets of game," 7 July 2019 There was some back-and-forth among spectators about the correct score — official score is kept by hand by the referee and a game manager at 7-on-7 games. Adam Coleman Staff Writer, Houston Chronicle, "Katy football advances to first 7-on-7 state semifinal," 2 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So when Doc Rivers, the Clippers coach and Austin's dad, got a little too heated at Wednesday night's refereeing crew, Austin took advantage. Jordan Ray, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' Austin Rivers calls for Clippers coach Doc Rivers, his dad, to get T'd up, sparking memes," 14 Nov. 2019 Along the way, Stern paused for points of information, refereeing in a manner that made Schoep feel listened to and respected. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "A black activist convinced a neo-Nazi he’d save him from legal ruin. Then the real plan began.," 30 Oct. 2019 Bianchi, then a first-year Suns assistant, had been incensed by Richie Powers’s refereeing in the triple-overtime Game 5, which Boston won. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Al Bianchi, Pro Basketball Coach and Knicks G.M., Dies at 87," 29 Oct. 2019 After a replay review, referees upheld the call, resulting in Jones’s ejection. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Randy Edsall unhappy with targeting call on Travis Jones; UConn defensive players out with injuries," 20 Oct. 2019 Leverkusen were awarded a penalty in the 71st when Gelson Fernandes appeared to handle the ball, but referee Christian Dingert changed his decision after consulting video replays. CiarÁn Fahey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Frankfurt beats Leverkusen 3-0 in Bundesliga," 18 Oct. 2019 But Espinoza’s day ended seven minutes later when referee Chris Penso showed him a second yellow card for stepping on the back of Franco Escobar’s leg while trying to win the ball. Field Level Media, The Mercury News, "San Jose Earthquakes suffer tough loss to Atlanta United, go winless on trip," 21 Sep. 2019 This one also contained early refereeing drama that left the Saints steamed: New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan had a long fumble return for a touchdown wiped out in the second quarter. oregonlive, "Los Angeles Rams dominate the New Orleans Saints: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Mark Dusbabek, the former Vikings-Gophers linebacker from Faribault, is working the 3M Open as a PGA Tour senior rules referee. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Future looks bright for Minnesota’s 3M Open," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of referee

Noun

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of referee was in 1549

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More Definitions for referee

referee

noun
How to pronounce referee (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of referee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

referee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of referee (Entry 2 of 2)

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

referee

noun
ref·​er·​ee | \ ˌre-fə-ˈrē How to pronounce referee (audio) \

Kids Definition of referee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

referee

verb
refereed; refereeing

Kids Definition of referee (Entry 2 of 2)

: to act or be in charge of as referee I referee basketball games.

referee

noun
ref·​er·​ee | \ ˌre-fə-ˈrē How to pronounce referee (audio) \

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 refereeOregon Revised Statutes

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