• (British) IPA: /ˈʌm.paɪ.ə(ɹ)/

umpire (plural umpires)

  1. (tennis, badminton) The official who presides over a tennis game sat on a high chair.
  2. (cricket) One of the two white-coated officials who preside over a cricket match.
  3. (baseball) One of usually 4 officials who preside over a baseball game.
    The umpire called the pitch a strike.
  4. (American football) The official who stands behind the line on the defensive side.
    The umpire must keep on his toes as the play often occurs around him.
  5. (Australian rules football) A match official on the ground deciding and enforcing the rules during play. As of 2007 the Australian Football League uses 3, or in the past 2 or just 1. The other officials, the goal umpires and boundary umpires, are normally not called just umpires alone.
  6. (law) A person who arbitrates between contending parties.
    • a. 1701, John Dryden, “To His Sacred Majesty. A Panegyric on his Coronation.”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, […], volume I, London: Printed for J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, […], published 1760, OCLC 863244003 ↗, page 34 ↗:
      You for their umpire and their synod#English|ſynod take, / And their appeal alone to Cæſar make.
  7. (curling) The official who presides over a curling game.
Translations Translations Verb

umpire (umpires, present participle umpiring; past and past participle umpired)

  1. (sports, intransitive) To act as an umpire in a game.
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  2. (transitive) To decide as an umpire.
    Synonyms: arbitrate, settle
    • Judges appointed to umpire the matter in contest between them, and to decide where the right lies.

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