referee

Definitions

General English

Commerce

  • noun a person such as a former employer or teacher who can give a report on someone’s character, ability or job performance

Cricket

  • noun (since 1992) an official appointed by the ICC for Test matches and one-day internationals, whose role is to ensure that the ICC Code of Conduct is maintained, and specifically that the match is played ‘within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws’. The referee is ‘the independent representative of the ICC’ (ICC Code of Conduct, D.1) and submits a report to the ICC at the end of each game. He is empowered to apply penalties (such as fining or suspending players) as laid down in section C of the Code.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a person who provides information about whether somebody known to them is suitable for a particular job

Law

  • noun somebody who can give a report on someone’s character, ability or speed of work, etc.
  • noun somebody to whom a problem is passed for a decision

Politics

  • noun a person who can give a report on someone’s character or ability or speed of work
  • noun a person to whom a problem is passed for a decision

Sports

  • noun an official who oversees the play in a sport or game, judges whether the rules are being followed, and penalises fouls or infringements
  • verb to act as a referee in a sport or game
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