referee

[ref-uh-ree]
noun
1.
one to whom something is referred, especially for decision or settlement; arbitrator.
2.
(in certain games and sports) a judge having functions fixed by the rules of the game or sport; umpire.
3.
an authority who evaluates scientific, technical, or scholarly papers, grant proposals, or the like for the publication or funding institution to which they have been submitted.
4.
Law. a person selected by a court to take testimony in a case and return it to the court with recommendations as to the decision.
verb (used with object), refereed, refereeing.
5.
to preside over as referee; act as referee in.
verb (used without object), refereed, refereeing.
6.
to act as referee.

Origin:
1605–15; refer + -ee


1. arbiter. See judge.
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referee (ˌrɛfəˈriː)
 
n
1.  a person to whom reference is made, esp for an opinion, information, or a decision
2.  the umpire or judge in any of various sports, esp football and boxing, responsible for ensuring fair play according to the rules
3.  a person who is willing to testify to the character or capabilities of someone
4.  law See Official Referee
 
vb , -ees, -eeing, -eed
5.  to act as a referee (in); preside (over)

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referee
1621, "person who examines patent applications" (see refer). Sporting use is first recorded 1840 (specifically of baseball from 1856; shortened form ref is from 1899); the verb is first attested 1889, from the noun.
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Example sentences for referee
There were no weight divisions or round limits, and no referee.
If this occurs, the referee separates the opponents and orders them to continue boxing.
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