one to whom something is referred, especially for decision or settlement; arbitrator.
(in certain games and sports) a judge having functions fixed by the rules of the game or sport; umpire.
an authority who evaluates scientific, technical, or scholarly papers, grant proposals, or the like for the publication or funding institution to which they have been submitted.
Law. a person selected by a court to take testimony in a case and return it to the court with recommendations as to the decision.
to preside over as referee; act as referee in.
to act as referee.
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How to use referee in a sentence
Before the game, Coach John Harbaugh jawed with Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler, with Tennessee Coach Mike Vrabel eventually joining the discussion, and referees had to separate the teams.What to know from NFL Week 11: Carson Wentz looks lost, and Taysom Hill is just getting started | Adam Kilgore | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
With the election imminent, social media platforms find themselves once again in the awkward position of being the referee deciding whether to call a penalty kick in overtime.The perils of letting social media titans correct misinformation | jakemeth | October 22, 2020 | Fortune
With regression to the mean likely for the leaguewide conversion percentage and with referees soon to stop calling so many handballs, the Premier League’s goal-fest might be over soon — if it isn’t already.
In other words, the league has not instructed referees to review plays more often to ensure a greater degree of call accuracy inside the bubble.Don’t Blame The Refs For All Of These Replay Reviews | Jared Dubin | September 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Indeed, referees blew the whistle a lot more often after the restart than before.
In the absence of any over-arching rebel military leadership, there is no one to referee disputes before they get out of hand.
During the heated contest versus Big Piney, Kane tells us that even the referee told him, “You guys are nothing but filthy slobs.”Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own | Robert Silverman | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The chants grew so loud that the referee wanted to stop the game.Will Jozy Altidore Be Team USA’s World Cup Savior vs. Belgium? | Emily Shire | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An inquiry headed by the Police Ombudsman, a sort of referee figure, came down against the informer allegation.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust | Ed Moloney | May 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I remember my coach standing up to a referee and another coach who challenged my right to play.The NCAA’s First Sikh Basketball Player Memorialized at the Smithsonian | Simran Jeet Singh | March 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The judge or referee must be present at this meeting, also the bankrupt if required by the court.
As soon as he has been appointed it is the duty of the referee to notify him in person or by mail of his appointment.
The referee who presides at the first meeting makes up or decides on its membership.
The decision of the referee was prompt, but even so, it was almost lost in the sudden stir and murmur which arose behind us.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
At last the shrill whistle of the referee proclaimed the end of an immortal contest.Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for referee
a person to whom reference is made, esp for an opinion, information, or a decision
the umpire or judge in any of various sports, esp football and boxing, responsible for ensuring fair play according to the rules
a person who is willing to testify to the character or capabilities of someone
law See Official Referee
to act as a referee (in); preside (over)
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