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English noun: referee

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


Broader (hypernym)official

Domain categoryathletics, sport

2. referee (person) someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

Synonymsreader, reviewer

Broader (hypernym)critic

Narrower (hyponym)scanner

3. referee (person) an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case

Broader (hypernym)attorney, lawyer

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: referee

1. referee (competition) be a referee or umpire in a sports competition


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)judge

Domain categoryathletics, sport

2. referee (communication) evaluate professionally a colleague's work

Synonymspeer review

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)critique, review

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