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referee

[ref-uh-ree] /ˌrɛf əˈri/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; refer + -ee
Synonyms
1. arbiter. See judge.
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Examples for refereeing
  • Thanks for so diligently refereeing readers comments.
  • Negationists should follow standard scientific practises and submit there comments for refereeing.
  • Journal refereeing is one of the key elements of peer review.
  • Book-keeping and refereeing have improved, they rightly say.
  • Surely the ordinary process of refereeing would have saved the field from this dispute.
  • The current system of refereeing and handling disputes seems to handle pros fairly well.
  • Nor is it likely to in any field where refereeing remains an important part of archival publication.
  • They don't wait for a refereeing system to decide for them.
  • He tries to make ends meet selling apparel and refereeing kids' soccer games.
  • Since it didn't work in last night's game, watch for more dubious refereeing.
British Dictionary definitions for refereeing

referee

/ˌrɛfəˈriː/
noun
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
verb -ees, -eeing, -eed
5.
to act as a referee (in); preside (over)
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Word Origin and History for refereeing

referee

n.

1620s, "person who examines patent applications" (see refer). Sporting use recorded by 1820 (specifically of baseball from 1856).

v.

1883, originally colloquial, from referee (n.). Related: Refereed; refereeing.

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