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Meaning of referee

ref•er•ee

Pronunciation: (ref"u-rē'), [key]
— n., v., -eed, -ee•ing.
—n.
  1. one to whom something is referred, esp. for decision or settlement; arbitrator.
  2. (in certain games and sports) a judge having functions fixed by the rules of the game or sport; umpire.
  3. an authority who evaluates scientific, technical, or scholarly papers, grant proposals, or the like for the publication or funding institution to which they have been submitted.
  4. a person selected by a court to take testimony in a case and return it to the court with recommendations as to the decision.
—v.t.
  1. to preside over as referee; act as referee in.
—v.i.
  1. to act as referee.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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