verb (used with object), ref·er·eed, ref·er·ee·ing.
verb (used without object), ref·er·eed, ref·er·ee·ing.
Origin of referee
Synonyms for referee
Related Words for refereejudge, arbiter, umpire, ref, arbitrator, arbitrate, adjudicate, conciliator, adjudicator, adjudge
Examples from the Web for referee
Contemporary Examples of referee
In the absence of any over-arching rebel military leadership, there is no one to referee disputes before they get out of hand.Time Is Running Out for Obama on Syria
October 30, 2014
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
August 31, 2014
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?
July 1, 2014
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
May 1, 2014
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
Historical Examples of referee
I found him dejectedly studying an ancient copy of the "Referee."Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
When forty love had been scored against me I appealed to the referee.
If the boat is upset the referee's canoe helps them to right.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
It was like the tap of the bell for a twenty-round go with the referee missin'.
It's been put up to me to keep time an' referee this mix-up, and I don't want no help.
verb -ees, -eeing or -eed
1620s, "person who examines patent applications" (see refer). Sporting use recorded by 1820 (specifically of baseball from 1856).
1883, originally colloquial, from referee (n.). Related: Refereed; refereeing.