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noun as in person who mediates, judges

verb as in judge, mediate

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Before the game, Coach John Harbaugh jawed with Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler, with Tennessee Coach Mike Vrabel eventually joining the discussion, and referees had to separate the teams.

With the election imminent, social media platforms find themselves once again in the awkward position of being the referee deciding whether to call a penalty kick in overtime.

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With regression to the mean likely for the leaguewide conversion percentage and with referees soon to stop calling so many handballs, the Premier League’s goal-fest might be over soon — if it isn’t already.

In other words, the league has not instructed referees to review plays more often to ensure a greater degree of call accuracy inside the bubble.

Indeed, referees blew the whistle a lot more often after the restart than before.

In the absence of any over-arching rebel military leadership, there is no one to referee disputes before they get out of hand.

During the heated contest versus Big Piney, Kane tells us that even the referee told him, “You guys are nothing but filthy slobs.”

The chants grew so loud that the referee wanted to stop the game.

An inquiry headed by the Police Ombudsman, a sort of referee figure, came down against the informer allegation.

I remember my coach standing up to a referee and another coach who challenged my right to play.

The judge or referee must be present at this meeting, also the bankrupt if required by the court.

As soon as he has been appointed it is the duty of the referee to notify him in person or by mail of his appointment.

The referee who presides at the first meeting makes up or decides on its membership.

The decision of the referee was prompt, but even so, it was almost lost in the sudden stir and murmur which arose behind us.

At last the shrill whistle of the referee proclaimed the end of an immortal contest.


On this page you'll find 37 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to referee, such as: arbiter, arbitrator, judge, ref, umpire, and adjudicator.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.