One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the referee blew his whistle for a penalty’
umpire, judge, referee's assistant, assistant referee, linesman, line judge, adjudicator, arbitrator, arbiter, mediator
2‘applications should include a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees’
supporter, character witness, backer, advocate
1‘he refereed the Scotland v Spain game’
umpire, judge, adjudicate, run, be in control of
2‘they asked him to referee in the dispute’
arbitrate, mediate, act as arbiter, act as arbitrator, act as mediator, act as negotiator
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