Meaning of “referee” in the English Dictionary

"referee" in British English

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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 sports game 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 fair answer to a disagreement:

A judge is acting as referee in the pay dispute between the trade union and management.

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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)

"referee" in American English

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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 fair solution to a disagreement:

Fans booed the referee’s call.
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 /ˌrefərˈiː/ us

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 technical document 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 (= document ordering payment 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)