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referee

noun [C] uk   /ˌref.əˈriː/ us  

referee noun [C] (JUDGE)

B2 a person who is in charge of a sports game and who makes certain that the rules are followed: Liverpool only lost the game because the referee was biased. a person or organization that helps to find a fair answer to a disagreement: A senior judge is acting as referee in the pay dispute between the trade union and management.

referee noun [C] (SUPPORTER)

UK (also reference) a person who knows you and who is willing to describe and, usually, praise you, in order to support you when you are trying to get a job, etc.: She gave her college tutor as her referee to the interviewer.

referee

verb [I or T] uk   /ˌref.əˈriː/ us  
to be a referee in a game: They had to ask one of the spectators to referee (the match).
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