Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “referee”

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).
(Definition of referee from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of referee?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “referee”

Definitions of “referee” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More