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
VERB + REFEREE act as to act as referee between the parties involved
PREP. ~ between