Referee - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌrefəˈriː|  American pronunciation of the word referee
Brit.  |rɛfəˈriː|  British pronunciation of the word referee


- (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play (syn: ref)
- someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication (syn: reader, reviewer)
- an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case


- be a referee or umpire in a sports competition (syn: umpire)
- evaluate professionally a colleague's work


...served as the unofficial referee in disputes over the family business...

She refereed the basketball game.

He has refereed for several years now.

Applicants should also send the names and addresses of two referees.

His headmaster agreed to act as his referee.

The referee said it was a legal play.

None of them were willing to challenge the referee on the call.

The coach protested the referee's call.

She disputed the referee's ruling.

A referee must not be partial toward either team.

The coach was jawing with the referee.

The referee told the boxers to break their clinch.

The fans yelled abusive comments to the referee.

The fans hurled insults at the referee as he walked off the field after the game.

The coach ranted and raved at the referee.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: referee
he/she/it: referees
present participle: refereeing
past tense: refereed
past participle: refereed
singular: referee
plural: referees
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