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refereenoun [C]

uk   /ˌref.əˈriː/  us   /ˌref.əˈriː/
  • referee noun [C] (JUDGE)

B2 a ​person who is in ​charge of a ​sportsgame and who makes ​certain that the ​rules are ​followed: We only ​lost the ​game because the referee was ​biased.
a ​person or ​organization that ​helps to ​find a ​fairanswer to a ​disagreement: A ​judge is ​acting as referee in the ​paydispute between the ​tradeunion and ​management.

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  • 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 ​collegetutor as her referee to the ​interviewer.

refereeverb [I or T]

uk   /ˌref.əˈriː/  us   /ˌref.əˈriː/
to be a referee in a ​game: They had to ​ask one of the ​spectators to referee (the ​match).
(Definition of referee from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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refereenoun [C]

 us   /ˌref·əˈri/ (short form ref)
(in some ​sports) a ​person who ​controls a ​game and makes ​sure the ​rules are ​followed, or more ​generally a ​person who ​helps to ​find a ​fairsolution to a ​disagreement: Fans ​booed the referee’s ​call.
referee
verb [I/T]  us   /ˌref·əˈri/
[T] He ​volunteered to referee the ​game.
(Definition of referee from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"referee" in Business English

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refereenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌrefərˈiː/
UK ( US reference) HR a ​person who knows you and who is ​willing to describe your ​character and ​abilities in ​order to ​support you when you are ​trying to get a ​job, etc.: give/name/list sb as a referee People who have ​attended the ​courses can always give the ​course tutor as a referee. Applications in the ​form of a CV should ​include the ​names of two referees.
a ​person or an ​organization that helps to ​find a ​fair answer to a disagreement: That ​law is ​designed to ​sort out the ​finances of an overextended ​debtor, with a ​judge acting as referee to ​protect the ​interests of ​creditors.
a ​person who ​checks a ​technicaldocument before it is ​published: Technical referees are ​experts in their ​field and eminently suitable to comment on the scientific ​soundness of the ​proposal.
(also referee in case of need) COMMERCE a ​person whose ​name is on a bill of ​exchange (= ​documentorderingpayment at a particular ​time for ​goods or ​services) and who can be ​asked for ​payment if the ​bill is not ​paid: The ​holder may ​exercise his ​right of ​presenting the ​bill of ​exchange to the referee in ​case of need.
(Definition of referee from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “referee”
in Arabic حَكَم…
in Korean 심판…
in Portuguese árbitro…
in Catalan àrbitre, -a…
in Japanese (スポーツの)審判員, レフリー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 裁判, 裁判,裁判员, 仲裁人…
in Turkish hakem…
in Russian судья (в спорте)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 裁判, 裁判,裁判員, 仲裁人…
in Italian arbitro…
in Polish sędzia…
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