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Synonyms for referee
ˌrɛf əˈri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. referee, ref(noun)

    (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play

    ref, reviewer, reader

  2. reviewer, referee, reader(noun)

    someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

    ref, commentator, subscriber, proofreader, lecturer, reader, reviewer, lector

  3. referee(verb)

    an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case

    ref, reviewer, reader

  4. referee, umpire(verb)

    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition

    peer review, umpire

  5. referee, peer review(verb)

    evaluate professionally a colleague's work

    peer review, umpire

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. referee

    A judge, in the legal sense, is a judicial officer appointed or elected to preside in courts of law, and to decide legal questions duly brought before him; the name is sometimes given to other legally constituted officers; as, the judges of election; in other relations, any person duly appointed to pass upon the merits of contestants or of competing articles may be called a judge; as, the judges at an agricultural fair, or at a race-track; in the widest sense, any person who has good capacity for judging is called a judge; as, a person is said to be a judge of pictures, or a good judge of a horse, etc. In most games the judge is called an umpire; as, the umpire of a game of ball or cricket. A referee is appointed by a court to decide disputed matters between litigants; an arbitrator is chosen by the contending parties to decide matters in dispute without action by a court. In certain cases an umpire is appointed by a court to decide where arbitrators disagree. Arbiter, with its suggestion of final and absolute decision, has come to be used only in a high or sacred sense; as, war must now be the arbiter; the Supreme Arbiter of our destinies. The judges of certain courts, as the United States Supreme Court, are technically known as justices.

    arbiter, arbitrator, judge, justice, umpire

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. referee

    umpire, arbitrator

    litigant, opponent, adversary

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. referee(n.)

    arbitrator, arbiter, judge, umpire

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. referee(n)

    umpire, judge, arbitrator, arbiter

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How to use referee in a sentence?

  1. Alan Goldberger:

    That doesn't have any credibility, and (Watts) is not happy about being falsely accused. he did not make any racial epithets, and beyond that ... if the referee made the remarks that that's somehow justification that you can assault him?

  2. Major League Soccer:

    Major League Soccer has been a strong proponent of using technology in soccer where it enhances the game, and we are pleased to be among the first leagues in the world to participate in the Video Assistant Referee project, we believe the time has come for a mechanism that helps referees avoid clearly incorrect decisions that change the game.We look forward to working with The IFAB and FIFA to test video assistance for our referees.

  3. Rafael Benitez:

    We conceded the goals early, but then the team reacted, i am not going to judge the decisions of the referee, but from the sending-off the team did what it had to do, try to play well and score goals.

  4. Nigel Owens:

    A happy referee is a good referee, and I wasn't happy.

  5. Antoine Roussel 10:41:

    I don't know (if the referee made the right call), they have a tough job. It's not easy to be a ref out there.

Translations for referee

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  • حكمArabic
  • съдияBulgarian
  • rozhodčíCzech
  • dommer, dømmeDanish
  • Schiedsrichter, schiedsrichtern, Schiedsrichterin, Lektor, RezensentGerman
  • διαιτητής, εισηγητήςGreek
  • arbitrar, árbitro, réferi, revisorSpanish
  • epaileBasque
  • arvioida, sovitella, tuomaroida, sovittelija, erotuomari, tuomita, suosittelija, välimies, suositella, arvioijaFinnish
  • arbitreFrench
  • rèitearScottish Gaelic
  • bíróHungarian
  • arbitroItalian
  • レフェリー, 審判Japanese
  • 중재인, 심판, 신원보증인, 審判, 심사원Korean
  • ArbitterLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • судија, вештак, суди, препорачателMacedonian
  • wasit, pengadilMalay
  • arbiter, scheidsrechterDutch
  • sędziaPolish
  • arbitrar, juiz, árbitroPortuguese
  • поручительница, судья, ампайр, рефери, арбитр, рецензент, поручительRussian
  • sutkinja, sudac, стручњак, судац, судија, вештак, stručnjak, sudija, veštak, vještak, суткиња, вјештакSerbo-Croatian
  • domare, döma, skiljedomare, referensSwedish
  • hakem, bilirkişiTurkish
  • рефері, арбітр, суддяUkrainian
  • trọng tàiVietnamese

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