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  1. rule
  2. noun


    • 1. exercise ultimate power or authority over (an area and its people):

      Latin America today is ruled by elected politicians the period in which Spain ruled over Portugal
      Synonym : govern, preside over, control, have control of, be in control of, lead, be the leader of, dominate, run, head, direct, administer, manage, regulate, sway, be in power, be in control, hold sway, be in authority, be in command, be in charge, govern, be at the helm, reign, sit on the throne, wear the crown, wield the scepter, be monarch, be sovereign
    • 2. (of a feeling) have a powerful and restricting influence on:

      her whole life seemed to be ruled by fear
    • 3. be a dominant or powerful factor:

      the black market rules supreme
      Synonym : prevail, obtain, be the order of the day, predominate, hold sway, be supreme
    • 4. be very good or the best:

      Jackie tells me about Hanna's newest band, and says that it absolutely rules
    • 5. (of a planet) have a particular influence over (a sign of the zodiac, house, etc.):

      the tenth House, ruled by Saturn and associated with Capricorn
    • 6. pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case:

      a federal court ruled that he was unfairly dismissed from his job
    • 7. make parallel lines across (paper):

      rule the pages horizontally and print the information within the rules.
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: rule, plural noun: rules

    • v.: verb: rule, 3rd person present: rules, gerund or present participle: ruling, past tense: ruled, past participle: ruled

    • noun

      one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity:

      a principle that operates within a particular sphere of knowledge, describing or prescribing what is possible or allowable:

    • verb

      exercise ultimate power or authority over (an area and its people):

      (of a feeling) have a powerful and restricting influence on:

    • adjective

      (of paper) marked with parallel straight lines:
    • adjective

      (of paper) marked with parallel straight lines:
    • noun

      a regulation or directive that prohibits public discussion of a particular matter.

      a regulation preventing the staff of government-funded family-planning clinics from offering patients information about abortion.

    • noun

      a basic principle:

      a rule pertaining to the limits of play on a particular field.

    • noun

      a basic principle that should always be followed to ensure success in general or in a particular activity:

      the biblical rule of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12).

    • noun

      the principle that the greater number should exercise greater power:
    • noun

      a system of government of one nation by another in which the governed people retain certain administrative, legal, and other powers.
    • noun

      a plumb line attached to a board, used by builders and surveyors.
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