1. One to whom something is referred, especially for settlement, decision, or an opinion as to the thing's quality.
2. Sports & Games An official supervising the play; an umpire.
3. Law A person appointed by a court to assist a judge in the trying of a case or to hear certain types of cases.
v. ref·e·reed, ref·e·ree·ing, ref·e·rees
To judge as referee.
To act as referee.
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