[ ref-uh-ree ]
/ ˌrɛf əˈri /
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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.
verb (used with object), ref·er·eed, ref·er·ee·ing.
to preside over as referee; act as referee in.
verb (used without object), ref·er·eed, ref·er·ee·ing.
to act as referee.
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Origin of referee

First recorded in 1605–15; refer + -ee

synonym study for referee

1. See judge.
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British Dictionary definitions for referee

/ (ˌrɛfəˈriː) /

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
verb -ees, -eeing or -eed
to act as a referee (in); preside (over)
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