Definition of Referee

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

Exact synonyms: Ref
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Official
Derivative terms: Refer

2. Verb. Be a referee or umpire in a sports competition.
Exact synonyms: Umpire
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Judge
Derivative terms: Refereeing, Umpirage, Umpirage, Umpire

3. Noun. Someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication.
Exact synonyms: Reader, Reviewer
Generic synonyms: Critic
Specialized synonyms: Scanner
Derivative terms: Refer, Review

4. Verb. Evaluate professionally a colleague's work.
Exact synonyms: Peer Review
Generic synonyms: Critique, Review

5. Noun. An attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case.
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Attorney, Lawyer

Definition of Referee

1. 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.

Definition of Referee

1. Noun. (sports) An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game ¹

2. Noun. A person who settles a dispute ¹

3. Noun. A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone ¹

4. Noun. An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published ¹

5. Verb. To act as a referee. ¹

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Definition of Referee

1. to supervise the play in certain sports [v -EED, -EEING, -EES]

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Literary usage of Referee

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1. A Treatise on the Bankruptcy Law of the United States by Harold Remington (1915)
"Although in a loose sense parties who are dissatisfied with the conclusions of the referee are said to appeal to the District Court, yet the action of that ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
""Upon the foregoing finding of fact the referee makes the following conclusion of law: "(1) That by reason of the written contract entered into between the ..."

3. The Law and Practice in Bankruptcy Under the National Bankruptcy Act of 1898 by William Miller Collier, William Horace Hotchkiss, Frank Bixby Gilbert, Fred Eugene Rosbrook (1921)
"within the territorial limits of the court ; a judge of one district while holding court in another district cannot appoint a referee for the latter ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"The referee reports as to all but thirty- four, nearly half, ... Stress is laid upon the fact in argument, that the referee was one of the clerks in the ..."

5. Digest of the Law of Evidence on the Trial of Actions at Nisi Prius by Maurice Powell, Henry Roscoe (1891)
"Mellin v. Monica, 3 С. PD 142, 0. A., that the J. Act, 1873, es. 56, 57, did not give tho court power to refer the whole cause of action to a referee ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank-notes and by John Barnard Byles, Maurice Barnard Byles, Walter John Barnard Byles (1899)
"A referee in case of need seeming to be more an agent to pay the bill than an ... A referee in need appointed by an indorser, is not a party to receive ..."

7. A Treatise on the Law and Proceedings in Bankruptcy by Frank Olds Loveland (1912)
"The matter of the petition ought to be opened and explained to the referee so that he may see that a proper case of bankruptcy is made. ..."

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