referee noun

1 controls a sports match

ADJ. boxing, football | match, tournament decisions taken by the match referee | international

REFEREE + VERB award sb sth The referee awarded a free kick to the home team. | book sb, send sb off The referee booked three players for offensive behaviour.

PHRASES the referee's decision

2 recommends sb for a job

ADJ. academic, professional

VERB + REFEREE act as, be

PREP. ~ for His former employer agreed to act as a referee for him.

3 settles a dispute between people

ADJ. official

VERB + REFEREE act as to act as referee between the parties involved

PREP. ~ between