refereeref‧er‧ee1 /ˌrefəˈriː/ ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1DSsomeone who makes sure that the rules of a sport such as football, basketball, or boxing, are followed → umpire2British EnglishBE someone who providesinformation about you when you are trying to get a job 🔊 His headmaster agreed to act as his referee.3SOLVE/DEAL WITH A PROBLEMsomeone who is asked to settle a disagreement4someone who judges an article or research idea before it is published or money is provided for itTHESAURUSreferee someone who makes sure that the rules of a sport are obeyed in soccer, American football, rugby, icehockey, basketball, boxing, or wrestlinga football refereeThe referee blew his whistle to stop the game.umpire someone who makes sure that the rules are obeyed in baseball, cricket, tennis, or hockeyHe was given several warnings by the umpire.a tennis umpirejudge someone who decides the result of a competition or sporting contestThere will be only one winner and the judges’ decision is final.A panel of judges will evaluate the dancers' performance. arbitrator someone who officially decides how an argument between two opposing sides should be settledThey insisted that an independent arbitrator must settle the dispute.
refereereferee2 verb (refereed, refereeing) [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 DSto be the referee of a game→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
referee• I had hoped to get some work done, but instead spent most of my time refereeing between the two of them.• In 1989 he took a rest from running junior soccer teams and this season began refereeing in the South Merseyside Junior League.• A team photograph was taken and after that Barry Jewitt, who was refereeing, started off the match.• Mike Wootton, who had refereed the match impeccably, declined.• At the moment she is refereeing the netball match over at the playing field.From Longman Business Dictionaryrefereeref‧er‧ee /ˌrefəˈriː/ noun [countable]1British English a person who provides information about your character, abilities, or qualifications when you are trying to get a jobApplications should be in the form of a CV and include the names of three referees.His former manager agreed to act as his referee.2BANKING a person or organizationnamed on a BILL OF EXCHANGE as a ‘referee in case of need’ and from whom the person holding the bill may demandpayment if the bill is not paid or accepted