from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A referee.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An abbreviation of reformed; reference.
  • noun An abbreviation of referred;
  • noun of reflection or reflective;
  • noun of reflex, reflexive, or reflexively;
  • noun [capitalized] of Reformation;
  • noun of reformer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • abbreviation reference
  • abbreviation refectory
  • noun Short form of referee.
  • verb informal to referee; to act as a referee in a sport or game.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • Whatever the validity of Leicester's complaints, screaming four? letter, nationality-themed, integrity? questioning obscenities at the ref is neither big nor clever.

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  • ` ` If you look at the replay, the ref is standing there watching it. 2008

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  • Or if I want to see a police officer in a time frame where the person concerned might be caught, I report a couple having a domestic, who called me a derogatory name ref my Race, Religion, or sexual preference (underline the relevant option) and just out of interest they broke the wing mirror on my car.

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