Referee vs Mediator - What's the difference?

referee | mediator |

As a verb referee

is .

As a noun mediator is





(en noun)
  • (sports) An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game
  • 'The referee kicked Jim out of the game for fighting.'
  • A person who settles a dispute
  • A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone
  • Your application, along with letters from three referees , should be received by January 31.
  • An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published
  • Usage notes

    * In general, a referee moves around with the game, while an umpire stays (approximately) in one place.


  • To act as a referee.
  • * 'He has to referee three hockey games this weekend.'
  • * 'She has to finish refereeing an article for Nature .'
  • mediator


    Alternative forms

    * mediatour (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • One who negotiates between parties seeking mutual agreement
  • Synonyms

    * negotiator