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  1. (sport) An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game
    • :'The kicked Jim out of the game for fighting.'
      1. A person who settles a dispute
      2. A person who writes a letter of reference for someone
    • :'Your application, along with letters from three referees, should be received by January 31.'
      1. An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published
  • Dutch: arbiter
  • French: arbitre
  • German: Rezensent , Lektor
  • Italian: arbitro
  • Spanish: í¡rbitro
verb (referee, d)
  1. To act as a referee.
    • 'He has to three hockey games this weekend.'
    • 'She has to finish refereeing an article for Nature.'
    Etymology: refer + -ee, that is, the person whom something is referred to

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