Definition of referee in English:

referee

nounPlural referees

  • 1An official who watches a game or match closely to ensure that the rules are adhered to and (in some sports) to arbitrate on matters arising from the play.

    ‘the referee sent off two French players’
    • ‘The system has already been adopted by professional rugby referees south of the Border.’
    • ‘Yet I thought the referees stopped some of the bouts too soon.’
    • ‘There was one tackle that was so late the referee had blown for half-time.’
    • ‘Pat White was an impartial referee in a game played in a sporting spirit.’
    • ‘He has served as an ICC match referee and is a past chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board.’
    • ‘He was a rugby football referee in his spare time at one time.’
    • ‘He has come across all of the top referees in the game and they have no problem with him.’
    • ‘The Association, at present, is failing in its duty to referees, players and supporters alike.’
    • ‘But the video referee ruled that Paul Johnson had been illegally dispossessed.’
    • ‘For a change, the video referee ruled against Saints and the try was rightly allowed to stand.’
    • ‘The first round tie kicked off 25 minutes late when the appointed referee failed to turn up.’
    • ‘I asked the referee at half-time why he hadn't given a penalty.’
    • ‘The referee's whistle came not a moment too soon and the celebrations began.’
    • ‘A rugby player who was injured in an accident on the field sued the referee for failing to protect him from a falling scrum.’
    • ‘During the match assistant referee Andrew Halliday was felled by a hurled coin and bottles were thrown.’
    • ‘Danny was one of the best Gaelic football referees in the county.’
    • ‘The shortage of hurling referees is still a problem.’
    • ‘But, if your team loses you blame the referee or the yellow card.’
    • ‘Mickey is a well known soccer referee and gave many years service to the game.’
    • ‘The results have been positive with one of our assistant referees officiating in the last World Cup tournament in France.’
    umpire, judge, referee's assistant, assistant referee, linesman, line judge, adjudicator, arbitrator, arbiter, mediator
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  • 2British A person willing to testify in writing about the character or ability of someone, especially an applicant for a job.

    ‘the subject of a bad reference can sue the referee for libel’
    • ‘While other character referees chose to scurry straight out of court or only give written statements, Andrew Vizard sat next to his brother before and after his evidence.’
    • ‘To start with, the referee has to be asked about the customer's character and creditworthiness and, generally, about his circumstances in life.’
    • ‘I need referees who are of upstanding character and have known me for at least a year and can attest to my upstanding character.’
    • ‘The line-up of character referees in the Federal Court on 21 February will be interesting to watch.’
    • ‘Neither of the referees she named on the application form - which she was asked to complete at the interview - was contacted.’
    • ‘Brown is one of McConnell's referees on his application for Labour party general secretary job.’
    • ‘The paper also claimed that Ron Walker and Eddie McGuire have declined to be character referees in court on Thursday.’
    supporter, character witness, backer, advocate
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    1. 2.1 A person appointed to examine and assess for publication a scientific or other academic work.
      ‘most journals send the referees' reports to the author’
      • ‘It should really not come as a surprise when you have friends round for dinner and someone, gently, reminds you that you need two referees to support your Ph.D. application.’
      • ‘Connor said that the referees were against publication.’
      • ‘The author would like to thank two anonymous referees for their helpful comments.’
      • ‘They relied on the journal referees who had accepted Igor's papers for publication in order to judge the finer points of the work.’
      • ‘We acknowledge the very important role of the many men and women who agree to serve as academic referees for the manuscripts submitted to Sociology of Religion.’
      • ‘A referee has huge power and what is written by a referee in his report is taken as the ‘gospel’.’
      • ‘Cauchy and Legendre were appointed referees of this memoir.’
      • ‘The author would like to thank Kim Van der Borght for his support and the anonymous referee for their valuable guidance and comments.’
      • ‘It was written by Satyendra Nath Bose and rejected by a referee for publication.’
      • ‘Mel and I got our report back from the referees with regards to the Unlawful Combatant article.’
      • ‘In particular, I refer to solving problems with the writing and management of the referee process.’
      • ‘I want to thank the staff, referees, and authors for their dedicated support of this publication.’
      • ‘As one of my referees pointed out, academic discourse does not allow for this kind of evidence alone.’
      • ‘We are all familiar with how journal editors can select referees to get the reports they want.’
      adjudicator, arbiter, assessor, evaluator, appraiser, examiner, moderator
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verbreferees, refereeing, refereed

[with object]
  • Act as the referee of.

    ‘he refereed two of the first-round group matches’
    • ‘As it happened, with better refereeing Hearts could have been one goal up at half-time.’
    • ‘Her knee is in bad shape from an injury she sustained the night before while refereeing a hockey game.’
    • ‘When you hear that Collina is refereeing you think you won't have to worry about that.’
    • ‘Like every other shinty official he had paid his dues to the sport by the time he came to refereeing.’
    • ‘But I think it's outrageous that he has been forced to retire from refereeing.’
    • ‘He also presented a medal to referee Tim O'Byrne who did a great job in refereeing the final.’
    • ‘Both chairmen saw their sides suffer at the weekend when refereeing decisions went against them.’
    • ‘While the standard of football has improved since, the same can't be said about refereeing.’
    • ‘The issue for me was quite simple: there are other refs in Scotland capable of refereeing the match.’
    • ‘Andy is a strong character and he will come through this but my worry is the impact this will have on refereeing recruitment.’
    • ‘Cheating is a far bigger issue in football than refereeing anomalies.’
    • ‘Somehow, with the help of his managers, he runs the company while devoting most of his spare time to refereeing and his family.’
    • ‘The coach also pinpointed a double refereeing error shortly after the interval as a significant factor in the outcome.’
    • ‘The truth is that the only time I ever have felt really threatened was when I was refereeing a junior match early in my career.’
    • ‘I'm lucky because the more you referee games and the more players get used to your face and your style of refereeing the better it is.’
    • ‘Some referees however are just not up to the pressures of refereeing a top match and they should be removed.’
    • ‘But it was an invitation to help out at a children's tournament which triggered her interest in refereeing.’
    • ‘Anne Middleton, also from Lismore will be refereeing tournament games at Coolangatta.’
    • ‘In order to obtain better results, there were five judges instead of three, and the ABA Secretary Eddie Gray, an AIBA Referee / Judge himself, refereed the bout.’
    • ‘Last Saturday, ‘Sam’ ended up refereeing a match in which the team in his own ward were playing.’
    umpire, judge, adjudicate, run, be in control of
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Pronunciation

referee

/rɛfəˈriː/