Referee vs. Referral - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Referee

    A referee or simply ref is the person of authority in a variety of sports who is responsible for presiding over the game from a neutral point of view and making on-the-fly decisions that enforce the rules of the sport, including sportsmanship decisions such as ejection. The official tasked with this job may be known, in addition to referee, by a variety of other titles as well (often depending on the sport), including umpire, judge, arbiter, arbitrator, linesman, commissaire, timekeeper, touch judge or Technical Official (by the International Olympic Committee).

Wiktionary

  • Referee (noun)

    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."

  • Referee (noun)

    A person who settles a dispute.

  • Referee (noun)

    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."

  • Referee (noun)

    An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published.

  • Referee (verb)

    To act as a referee.

    "He has to referee three hockey games this weekend."

    "She has to finish refereeing an article for Nature."

  • Referral (noun)

    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."

  • Referral (noun)

    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."

Webster Dictionary

  • Referee (noun)

    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.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Referee (noun)

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

  • Referee (noun)

    someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

  • Referee (noun)

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

  • Referee (verb)

    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition

  • Referee (verb)

    evaluate professionally a colleague's work

  • Referral (noun)

    a recommendation to consult the (professional) person referred to;

    "this patient is a referral from Dr. Bones"

  • Referral (noun)

    the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)

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