An example of to rule is Mussolini's dictatorship in Italy.
To rule a country.
Famine is the rule following war.
To be ruled by one's friends.
The Benedictine rule.
In this office, hard work is the rule, not the exception.
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.
That new video game rules!
A law ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.
The zodiac sign Aries is ruled by the planet Mars.
The judges ruled that the answer was acceptable. The police ruled the death a homicide. The law was ruled unconstitutional.
To make it a rule never to hurry.
Reason ruled his fear.
Action rules the plot.
My rule is to rise at six o'clock.
As a rule, our senior editors are serious-minded.
A rule for extracting the cube root.
Rule a kingdom.
Prices ruled low.
- In general; for the most part:As a rule, we take the bus.
- usually; ordinarily
- to exclude, as by decision
- to prevent; make impossible
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.