What does referee mean?

Definitions for referee
ˌrɛf əˈriref·er·ee

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word referee.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. referee, refnoun

    (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play

  2. reviewer, referee, readernoun

    someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

  3. refereeverb

    an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case

  4. referee, umpireverb

    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition

  5. referee, peer reviewverb

    evaluate professionally a colleague's work


  1. refereenoun

    An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game

  2. refereenoun

    A person who settles a dispute

  3. refereenoun

    A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone

  4. refereenoun

    An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published

  5. refereeverb

    To act as a referee.

  6. Etymology: from past participle of referer, from refero; as if, that is, the person to whom something is referred for consideration.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Refereenoun

    One to whom any thing is referred.

    Etymology: from refer.

    Referees and arbitrators seldom forget themselves. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refereenoun

    one to whom a thing is referred; a person to whom a matter in dispute has been referred, in order that he may settle it


  1. Referee

    A referee is the person of authority, in a variety of sports, who is responsible for presiding over the game from a neutral point of view and making on the fly decisions that enforce the rules of the sport, including sportsmanship decisions such as ejection. The official tasked with this job may be known, in addition to referee, by a variety of other titles as well, including umpire, judge, arbiter, arbitrator, linesman, commissaire, timekeeper, touch judge or Technical Official.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'referee' in Nouns Frequency: #2373

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of referee in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of referee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of referee in a Sentence

  1. Tristan Thompson:

    I'm over the referee s ----, at the end of the day, if you don't give effort and you don't play hard, you're never going to give yourself a chance to win.

  2. President Trump:

    You know, the NFL ratings are down massively, massively, a referee gets on television, his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game.

  3. Sergio Aguero:

    I don’t understand, it appears there’s a different soccer in South America, the referee said ‘This is (Latin) America, kids’, yet we’re from here.

  4. The Conservatives:

    A responsible government is a referee that ensures a level playing field so that everyone understands what is going on, and is not simply a cheerleader for projects because cheerleaders do not score goals, and for 10 years nothing got built.

  5. Major League Soccer:

    Major League Soccer has been a strong proponent of using technology in soccer where it enhances the game, and we are pleased to be among the first leagues in the world to participate in the Video Assistant Referee project, we believe the time has come for a mechanism that helps referees avoid clearly incorrect decisions that change the game.We look forward to working with The IFAB and FIFA to test video assistance for our referees.

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Translations for referee

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  • حكمArabic
  • съдияBulgarian
  • rozhodčíCzech
  • dømme, dommerDanish
  • Schiedsrichterin, schiedsrichtern, Rezensent, Schiedsrichter, LektorGerman
  • εισηγητής, διαιτητήςGreek
  • arbitrar, árbitro, réferi, revisorSpanish
  • epaileBasque
  • erotuomari, sovittelija, välimies, tuomaroida, tuomita, suositella, suosittelija, arvioija, arvioida, sovitellaFinnish
  • arbitreFrench
  • rèitearScottish Gaelic
  • bíróHungarian
  • arbitroItalian
  • 審判, レフェリーJapanese
  • 신원보증인, 審判, 중재인, 심사원, 심판Korean
  • ArbitterLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • суди, судија, препорачател, вештакMacedonian
  • pengadil, wasitMalay
  • scheidsrechter, arbiterDutch
  • sędziaPolish
  • arbitrar, juiz, árbitroPortuguese
  • рецензент, судья, арбитр, поручитель, рефери, ампайр, поручительницаRussian
  • вјештак, sutkinja, sudac, суткиња, vještak, стручњак, судац, судија, вештак, veštak, sudija, stručnjakSerbo-Croatian
  • referens, domare, döma, skiljedomareSwedish
  • రిఫరీTelugu
  • hakem, bilirkişiTurkish
  • рефері, арбітр, суддяUkrainian
  • trọng tàiVietnamese

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. lank
    • B. irascible
    • C. motile
    • D. naiant

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