American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One to whom something is referred, especially for settlement, decision, or an opinion as to the thing's quality.
- n. Sports & Games An official supervising the play; an umpire.
- n. Law A person appointed by a court to make a determination of a case or to investigate and make a report on it. See Synonyms at judge.
- v. To judge as referee.
- v. To act as referee.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One to whom something is referred; especially, a person to whom a matter in dispute has been referred for settlement or decision; an arbitrator; an umpire.
- n. Specifically, in law, a person selected by the court or parties under authority of law to try a cause in place of the court, or to examine and report on a question in aid of the court, or to perform some function involving judicial or quasi-judicial powers. Synonyms Umpire, Arbitrator, etc. See
- To preside over as referee or umpire.
- n. sports An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game
- n. A person who settles a dispute
- n. A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone
- n. An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published
- v. To act as a referee.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
- n. an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
- v. be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
- v. evaluate professionally a colleague's work
- n. (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
- Middle English, from Old French past participle of referer ("to relate, to refer"), from Latin referre ("to carry back, to report, to notify"); as if refer + -ee, that is, the person to whom something is referred for consideration. (Wiktionary)
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“(When the referee is biased, there is a serious problem and the result is unquestionable unfairness.)”
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