"referees" in the noun sense
1. referee, ref
sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
2. reviewer, referee, reader
someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
"referees" in the verb sense
1. referee, umpire
be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
2. referee, peer review
evaluate professionally a colleague's work
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