refnoun [ C ]uk /ref/ us /ref/
ref noun [ C ] (SPORT)
› informal abbreviation for referee noun
- The player appealed to the ref for a penalty.
- The ref blew the whistle for full time.
- Neither team was happy with the ref's decision.
- The manager criticized the ref after the match.
- He was sent off for swearing at the ref.
ref noun [ C ] (BUSINESS)
› written abbreviation for reference