referee

That guy on the field in black and white stripes? He's a referee, an official in a sport like football or basketball who enforces the rules.

In sports, referees are there to make sure the rules are followed and everyone gets a fair shake. This word works as both a noun and a verb: referees referee games. Off the court, the world is full of everyday referees. A court appointed lawyer who investigates and reports on a case is a referee. And academics who evaluate each other's work are referees. In all cases, referees get to make official calls on what's OK and not OK.

Primary Meanings of referee

1.
nv
(sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
2.
n
an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
3.
nv
someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
evaluate professionally a colleague's work
Full Definitions of referee
1

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

Synonyms:
ref
Type of:
official
someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

v be a referee or umpire in a sports competition

Synonyms:
umpire
Type of:
judge
determine the result of (a competition)
2

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

Type of:
attorney, lawyer
a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
3

n someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

Synonyms:
reader, reviewer
Types:
scanner
someone who scans verse to determine the number and prosodic value of the syllables
Type of:
critic
anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something

v evaluate professionally a colleague's work

Synonyms:
peer review
Type of:
critique, review
appraise critically

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