I. noun Date: 1621 1. one to whom a thing is referred: as a. a person to whom a legal matter is referred for investigation and report or for settlement b. a person who reviews a paper and especially a technical paper and recommends that it should or should not be published c. chiefly British reference 4a 2. a sports official usually having final authority in administering a game II. verb (-eed; -eeing) Date: 1889 transitive verb 1. to conduct (as a match or game) as referee 2. a. to arbitrate (as a legal matter) as a judge or third party b. to review (as a technical paper) before publication intransitive verb to act as a referee

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