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referee

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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’
    • ‘During the match assistant referee Andrew Halliday was felled by a hurled coin and bottles were thrown.’
    • ‘He has served as an ICC match referee and is a past chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board.’
    • ‘The results have been positive with one of our assistant referees officiating in the last World Cup tournament in France.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was one tackle that was so late the referee had blown for half-time.’
    • ‘He was a rugby football referee in his spare time at one time.’
    • ‘The first round tie kicked off 25 minutes late when the appointed referee failed to turn up.’
    • ‘He has come across all of the top referees in the game and they have no problem with him.’
    • ‘Danny was one of the best Gaelic football referees in the county.’
    • ‘Pat White was an impartial referee in a game played in a sporting spirit.’
    • ‘Yet I thought the referees stopped some of the bouts too soon.’
    • ‘The referee's whistle came not a moment too soon and the celebrations began.’
    • ‘I asked the referee at half-time why he hadn't given a penalty.’
    • ‘But, if your team loses you blame the referee or the yellow card.’
    • ‘The system has already been adopted by professional rugby referees south of the Border.’
    • ‘Mickey is a well known soccer referee and gave many years service to the game.’
    • ‘The shortage of hurling referees is still a problem.’
    • ‘A rugby player who was injured in an accident on the field sued the referee for failing to protect him from a falling scrum.’
    • ‘The Association, at present, is failing in its duty to referees, players and supporters alike.’
    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.’
    • ‘The paper also claimed that Ron Walker and Eddie McGuire have declined to be character referees in court on Thursday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    supporter, character witness, backer, advocate
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    1. 2.1A person appointed to examine and assess for publication a scientific or other academic work.
      ‘most journals send the referees' reports to the author’
      • ‘We are all familiar with how journal editors can select referees to get the reports they want.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was written by Satyendra Nath Bose and rejected by a referee for publication.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They relied on the journal referees who had accepted Igor's papers for publication in order to judge the finer points of the work.’
      • ‘Mel and I got our report back from the referees with regards to the Unlawful Combatant article.’
      • ‘I want to thank the staff, referees, and authors for their dedicated support of this publication.’
      • ‘The author would like to thank two anonymous referees for their helpful comments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The author would like to thank Kim Van der Borght for his support and the anonymous referee for their valuable guidance and comments.’
      • ‘In particular, I refer to solving problems with the writing and management of the referee process.’
      adjudicator, arbiter, assessor, evaluator, appraiser, examiner, moderator
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Pronunciation

referee

/ˌrefəˈrē/ /ˌrɛfəˈri/

transitive verbtransitive verb referees, transitive verb refereeing, transitive verb refereed

[with object]
  • Act as referee for.

    • ‘the man who refereed the World Cup final’
    umpire, judge, adjudicate, run, be in control of
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Pronunciation

referee

/ˌrefəˈrē/ /ˌrɛfəˈri/