- 1(informal ref) [intransitive, transitive] to act as the referee in a game He began refereeing in 2008. a refereeing decision referee something Who refereed the final?
- 2[transitive] referee something to read and check the quality of a technical article before it is published
NAmE//ˌrɛfəˈri//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they referee
he / she / it referees
past simple refereed
-ing form refereeing