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Noun: referee  ,re-fu'ree
  1. (sport) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
    - ref
     
  2. Someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
    - reviewer, reader
     
  3. (law) an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
     
  4. [Brit] Someone who writes a reference letter for a job candidate
    - reference [N. Amer]
Verb: referee  ,re-fu'ree
  1. (sport) be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
    - umpire
     
  2. Evaluate professionally a colleague's work
    - peer review

Derived forms: refereeing, refereed, referees

Type of: attorney, critic, critique, judge, lawyer, official, review

Encyclopedia: Referee