Definition of referee in English:

referee

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a change, the video referee ruled against Saints and the try was rightly allowed to stand.’
    • ‘The Association, at present, is failing in its duty to referees, players and supporters alike.’
    • ‘I asked the referee at half-time why he hadn't given a penalty.’
    • ‘The results have been positive with one of our assistant referees officiating in the last World Cup tournament in France.’
    • ‘During the match assistant referee Andrew Halliday was felled by a hurled coin and bottles were thrown.’
    • ‘He was a rugby football referee in his spare time at one time.’
    • ‘Danny was one of the best Gaelic football referees in the county.’
    • ‘Yet I thought the referees stopped some of the bouts too soon.’
    • ‘But the video referee ruled that Paul Johnson had been illegally dispossessed.’
    • ‘The first round tie kicked off 25 minutes late when the appointed referee failed to turn up.’
    • ‘There was one tackle that was so late the referee had blown for half-time.’
    • ‘The shortage of hurling referees is still a problem.’
    • ‘Pat White was an impartial referee in a game played in a sporting spirit.’
    • ‘The referee's whistle came not a moment too soon and the celebrations began.’
    • ‘The system has already been adopted by professional rugby referees south of the Border.’
    • ‘He has come across all of the top referees in the game and they have no problem with him.’
    • ‘A rugby player who was injured in an accident on the field sued the referee for failing to protect him from a falling scrum.’
    • ‘He has served as an ICC match referee and is a past chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board.’
    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.’
    • ‘Neither of the referees she named on the application form - which she was asked to complete at the interview - was contacted.’
    • ‘The line-up of character referees in the Federal Court on 21 February will be interesting to watch.’
    • ‘I need referees who are of upstanding character and have known me for at least a year and can attest to my upstanding character.’
    • ‘To start with, the referee has to be asked about the customer's character and creditworthiness and, generally, about his circumstances in life.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘The author would like to thank two anonymous referees for their helpful comments.’
      • ‘The author would like to thank Kim Van der Borght for his support and the anonymous referee for their valuable guidance and comments.’
      • ‘I want to thank the staff, referees, and authors for their dedicated support of this publication.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mel and I got our report back from the referees with regards to the Unlawful Combatant article.’
      • ‘Cauchy and Legendre were appointed referees of this memoir.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In particular, I refer to solving problems with the writing and management of the referee process.’
      • ‘It was written by Satyendra Nath Bose and rejected by a referee for publication.’
      • ‘We are all familiar with how journal editors can select referees to get the reports they want.’
      • ‘They relied on the journal referees who had accepted Igor's papers for publication in order to judge the finer points of the work.’
      • ‘Connor said that the referees were against publication.’
      • ‘As one of my referees pointed out, academic discourse does not allow for this kind of evidence alone.’
      • ‘A referee has huge power and what is written by a referee in his report is taken as the ‘gospel’.’
      adjudicator, arbiter, assessor, evaluator, appraiser, examiner, moderator
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Act as the referee of:

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

referee

/rɛfəˈriː/