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    • 1. exercise ultimate power or authority over (an area and its people): "the region today is ruled by elected politicians" Similar governpreside overcontrolhave control of
    • 2. pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case: "a federal court ruled that he was unfairly dismissed from his job" Similar decreeorderdirectpronounce
  2. noun. a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement, etc.: the rules of chess. Synonyms: standard, guideline, precept, order, dictate, decree, regulation, law, bylaw. the code of regulations observed by a religious order or congregation: the Franciscan rule.

  3. 4 days ago · noun. 1. an authoritative regulation or direction concerning method or procedure, as for a court of law, legislative body, game, or other human institution or activity. judges' rules. play according to the rules.

  4. [countable] a statement of what may, must or must not be done in a particular situation or when playing a game. She laid down strict rules for her tenants, including prompt payment of rent. the rules of golf/tennis/football. to follow/obey a rule. to break/violate a rule. to enforce/apply a rule. You can't just change the rules to suit yourself.

  5. verb. /ruːl/ Verb Forms. Idioms Phrasal Verbs. govern/control. [transitive, intransitive] to control and have authority over a country, a group of people, etc. rule (something) At that time, King John ruled England. The city was ruled by rich and powerful nobles. The film is set in an imagined future in which machines rule the world.

  6. noun. uk / ruːl / us. rule noun (INSTRUCTION) Add to word list. B1. an official instruction about what you must or must not do: to break (= not obey) the rules. to obey / follow the rules. You can't smoke at school, it's against the rules (= not allowed). Fewer examples. There are exceptions to every rule. I found the rules a little too rigid.

  7. Join us. Join our community to access the latest language learning and assessment tips from Oxford University Press! [transitive, often passive] rule something (often disapproving) to be the main thing that influences and controls someone or something The pursuit of money ruled his life. We live in a society where we are ruled by the clock.

  8. 1. a. Governing power or its possession or use; authority. b. The duration of such power. 2. a. An authoritative, prescribed direction for conduct, especially one of the regulations governing procedure in a legislative body or a regulation observed by the players in a game, sport, or contest. b.

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