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"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.
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   /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)
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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