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What does referee mean?
The word referee most commonly refers to an official in a sporting event who enforces the rules of the game.
In sports, referees do things like call fouls and stop play when there has been a violation of the rules. Basketball, football, and soccer are examples of sports that used this kind of referee. In the context of sports, the word referee is commonly shortened with the informal term ref.
The word referee is also sometimes used to refer to a person who acts as a formal authority or arbitrator in some kind of decision, such as a legal case. Sometimes, the word refers to a person who’s responsible for reviewing scientific or academic papers or grant proposals.
Referee can also be used in a figurative way to refer to someone who has to enforce the rules in some situation, as in I spent the afternoon playing referee to several toddlers.
In all of its senses, referee can be used as a verb meaning to act as a referee, as in I signed up to referee my daughter’s soccer games.
Example: I’ve never understood why players argue with referees—have you ever seen one reverse their call?
Where does referee come from?
The first records of the word referee come from the early 1600s. It’s a combination of the verb refer and the suffix -ee, which is used to form words from verbs to indicate a person who is the beneficiary of the verb. In this way, a referee is a person to whom a matter is referred, often in order to make a decision on it.
Referees are commonly associated with basketball, football, and soccer, but other sports have referees. In professional American football, the referee is one of several officials who each have different titles and responsibilities. In other sports, the referee is called an umpire or judge.
In all such cases, the role of the referee is to be an enforcer of the rules who does not favor either player or team. Being a referee is often seen as a thankless job since players and fans are known for arguing with their calls (which, yes, are sometimes terrible).
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- ref (informal shortened form)
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How is referee used in real life?
Referee is commonly used as both a noun and a verb. It’s most commonly used in the context of sports, but it can also be used in a legal context. It’s sometimes used in a figurative way.
Robertson: I do believe ex-pros and managers and referees should be involved in some of the decisions being made now. In the last 18 months the rules have changed a lot. It's a wee bit uncertain now. When VAR came in we thought it would be black and white – we're not getting that
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) November 30, 2020
Official: William Collum will referee the game between Sporting CP and Real Madrid in Lisbon. pic.twitter.com/glYmbz07vv
— Real Madrid Info ³⁴ (@RMadridInfo) November 20, 2016
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Is referee used correctly in the following sentence?
I hate having to act as a referee when my friends are in an argument—I wish they could just sort it out themselves.
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|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|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|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|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