Rule meaning

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Rule is defined as to have influence or authority over others.

An example of to rule is Mussolini's dictatorship in Italy.

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To be in total control or command; exercise supreme authority.
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To have authority over; govern; direct.

To rule a country.

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Something that usually or normally happens or obtains; customary course of events.

Famine is the rule following war.

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To have an influence over; guide.

To be ruled by one's friends.

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A complete set or code of regulations in a religious order.

The Benedictine rule.

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A generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases.

In this office, hard work is the rule, not the exception.

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An established or prescribed standard for action; an authoritative principal; the general norm for conduct in a specific kind of situation; a principle, standard, or regulation that governs the internal workings of a court or an agency.
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The definition of a rule is an official regulation, code of regulations or set practice.

An example of a rule is that a red light means stop.

An example of a rule is an employer demanding their employees arrive at 8am.

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A usual, customary, or generalized course of action or behavior.
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(slang) To be excellent or superior.

That new video game rules!

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To settle officially or by decree; determine.

A law ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

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(astrol.) To be the chief influence or guide.

The zodiac sign Aries is ruled by the planet Mars.

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To issue a formal decree about a question.
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To decide or declare authoritatively or judicially; decree.

The judges ruled that the answer was acceptable. The police ruled the death a homicide. The law was ruled unconstitutional.

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A fixed principle that determines conduct; habit; custom.

To make it a rule never to hurry.

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To formulate and issue a decree or decision.
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A ruler or straightedge.
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(obs.) Way of acting; behavior.
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(math.) A method or procedure prescribed for computing or solving a problem.
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To lessen; restrain.

Reason ruled his fear.

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To be the most important element of; dominate.

Action rules the plot.

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To have supreme authority; govern.
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To be at a specified rate or level; prevail.
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To exercise control; for example, Diane’s parents rule with an iron fist.
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Deciding a legal point or question; for example, the judge ruled the question was admissible.
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A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure.
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A straight line (continuous mark, as made by a pen or the like), especially one lying across a paper as a guide for writing.
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A regulating principle.
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The act of ruling; administration of law; government; empire; authority; control.
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A normal condition or state of affairs.

My rule is to rise at six o'clock.

As a rule, our senior editors are serious-minded.

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(law) An order regulating the practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action or a suit.

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(mathematics) A determinate method prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain result.

A rule for extracting the cube root.

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(printing, dated) A thin plate of brass or other metal, of the same height as the type, and used for printing lines, as between columns on the same page, or in tabular work.
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To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over.
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(slang, intransitive) To excel.

This game rules!

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To mark (paper or the like) with rules (lines).
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(intransitive) To decide judicially.
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To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice.
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(mathematics) A standard method or procedure for solving a class of problems.
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(printing) A thin metal strip of various widths and designs, used to print borders or lines, as between columns.
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To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern.

Rule a kingdom.

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To prevail at a particular level or rate.

Prices ruled low.

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as a rule
  • In general; for the most part:
    As a rule, we take the bus.
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as a rule
  • usually; ordinarily
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rule out
  • to exclude, as by decision
  • to prevent; make impossible
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of rule

  • Middle English reule from Old French from Vulgar Latin regula from Latin rēgula rod, principle reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • noun: from Middle English rule, from Old French riule, from Vulgar Latin regula (“straight stick, bar, ruler, pattern"), from regere (“to keep straight, direct, govern, rule"); see regent.

    From Wiktionary

  • verb: from Middle English rulen, from Old French riuler, from Latin regulare (“to regulate, rule"), from regula (“a rule"); see regular.

    From Wiktionary