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rule

rule

 
pronunciation:
rul
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
rule out
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a code, law, or principle that governs conduct, as in legislative or sports activities.
Leaving the building is against the school rules.You can't play the game with us if you refuse to play by the rules.
similar words:
law, ordinance, precept, regulation
definition 2: what is usual or customary.
As a rule, we have dinner early on weekdays.
synonyms:
habit, practice
definition 3: governance or control.
The new king's rule was just.
synonyms:
governance
similar words:
command, control, majesty, mastery, regime, reign
definition 4: the term or duration of governance; tenure.
The queen's rule was the longest of any other monarch.
synonyms:
reign, tenure
definition 5: a strip of wood, metal, or plastic that is marked off in standard units and used to measure length; ruler.
synonyms:
ruler
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ruled, rules, ruling
definition 1: to exert authority over; govern.
The czars ruled Russia for centuries.
synonyms:
govern
similar words:
command, control, dominate, head, lead
definition 2: to have superiority over, within a particular field or area.
She rules the field in racing.
synonyms:
dominate
similar words:
lead
definition 3: to make evenly spaced parallel lines on (a piece of paper or other surface).
I ruled the sheet of paper with a red pen.
similar words:
line
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to exert authority; govern.
The king ruled with an iron hand.
synonyms:
govern
similar words:
boss, command, dominate, preside, reign
definition 2: to make a specific decision or ruling, as in a court of law.
The court ruled against the plaintiff.
synonyms:
find
similar words:
adjudicate, decide, deem, determine, judge
definition 3: to be pervasive or dominant.
Chaos ruled on the field of battle.
synonyms:
dominate, predominate, prevail
similar words:
endure, govern, obtain, persist, reign
phrase: rule out
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