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1 A person who will, if asked, provide a reference for an applicant for a job. An approach to a referee can be in writing or by telephone and the referee should be given a brief job description of the job the applicant is trying to secure.

2 A person appointed by two arbitrators who cannot agree on the award to be made in a dispute to be settled by arbitration. The procedure for appointing a referee in these circumstances is usually laid down in the terms of arbitration.

3 A person or organization named on some bills of exchange as a referee (or reference) in case of need. If the bill is dishonoured its holder may take it to the referee for payment.

Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services.

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