(sports) An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game.
‘The referee kicked Jim out of the game for fighting.’;
The act or process of transferring someone or something to another, of sending by reference, or referring.
‘The insurance company insists I get a referral from my regular doctor. I can't just go to the specialist; a GP has got to refer me.’;
A person who settles a dispute.
(slang) A document used by schools detailing some form of a student's misbehavior and listing the actions taken before and after the student's receipt of the referral.
‘After misbehaving in class, George was given a referral for disrupting class and sent to the office.’;
A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone.
‘Your application, along with letters from three referees, should be received by January 31.’;
An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published.
the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)
To act as a referee.
‘He has to referee three hockey games this weekend.’; ‘She has to finish refereeing an article for Nature.’;
One to whom a thing is referred; a person to whom a matter in dispute has been referred, in order that he may settle it.
an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
evaluate professionally a colleague's work
A referee is an official, in a variety of sports and competition, responsible for enforcing the rules of the sport, including sportsmanship decisions such as ejection. The official tasked with this job may be known by a variety of other titles depending on the sport, including umpire, judge, arbiter (chess), commissaire, or technical official (by the International Olympic Committee).