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Definition of referee noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(informal ref) the official who controls the game in some sports He was sent off for arguing with the referee. compare umpire
  2. 2a person who is asked to settle a disagreement to act as a referee between the parties involved
  3. 3a person who reads and checks the quality of a technical article before it is published
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: referee