rule meaning

[ ru:l ] Pronunciation:   "rule" in a sentence
  • Noun: rule  rool
    1. A principle or condition that customarily governs behaviour
      "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"
    Verb: rule  rool
    1. Exercise authority over; as of nations
      - govern 
    2. Decide with authority
      - decree 
    3. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
      - predominate, dominate, reign, prevail 
    4. Decide on and make a declaration about
      - find 
    5. Have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac 
    6. Mark or draw with a ruler
      "rule the margins" 
    7. Keep in check
      "rule one's temper"
      - harness, rein

    Derived forms: ruled, ruling, rules

    See also: rule out, ruler, ruling

    Type of: accompany, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, attach to, bound, come with, command, concept, conception, confine, construct, continuance, control, decide, determine, direction, dominance, draw, duration, generalisation [Brit], generality, generalization, go with, instruction, judge, label, law, law of nature, limit, make up one's mind, measure, measuring rod, measuring stick, practice, procedure, process, pronounce, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

    Part of: book, rule book

    Encyclopedia: Rule, Britannia! Rule, Britannia Rule Rule, Texas Rule, TX Rule, Brittania!

  • [American slang]
    in. to dominate; to be the best. (Slang only in certain contexts. Typical in graffiti.)
    • The Rockets rule!
    • Pizza rules around here.

  • [Architecture]

    An instrument having straight edges, usually marked off in inches or centimeters and fractions thereof; used for measuring distance and for drawing straight lines.

    common types of rules

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun [C]

    80/20 RULE, WORK-TO-RULE


    an official statement of what may, must or must not be done in a particular situation:

    It's against company rules to smoke in offices.

    the rules and regulations concerning safety equipment

    The deal was unusual, but didn't break any rules.

    It is an unwritten rule that employees should be considerate to their co-workers.

    This explains the rules under which the company operates.

    She laid down strict rules concerning client/staff relations.

    The three companies had been fixing prices, breaching competition rules.

    ❖ to establish/make/set rules

    ◆ to follow/obey/observe the rules

    ◆ to breach/break/violate a rule


    a measuring instrument with a straight edge


    a thin straight line that has been drawn or printed:

    Draw a rule under the table of figures.


    a statement of what you are advised to do in a particular situation:

    There are no hard and fast rules (= fixed rules) for successful presentations.

    The first rule is to make eye contact with your customer.

    The golden rule (=the most important rule) is to know your core market.


    bend/stretch the rules

    to change the rules to suit a particular person or situation

    the rules of the game

    the standards of behaviour that most people accept or that actually operate in a particular area of life or business

    PLAY verb, PLAY verb, RULE verb


    1 [+ obj or no obj]

    to give an official decision about sth:

    The deal may be ruled illegal.

    The court ruled that the women were unfairly dismissed.

    The court will rule on the legality of the action.


    to rule against/in favour of/on sth

    2 [+ obj]

    to draw a straight line using sth that has a firm straight edge:

    Rule a line at the end of every piece of work.

    COURT noun


    rule sb/sth out


    to state or decide that sth is not possible or that sb/sth is not suitable:

    He would not rule out the possibility of a merger.

    The proposed solution was ruled out as too expensive.

    They ruled him out for the top job at the bank.


    to prevent sb from doing sth; to prevent sth from happening:

    His age ruled him out as a possible candidate.


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  1. bismarck ruled germany by a strong hand.
  2. rule was slipping, thought pamela.
  3. bismarch ruled germany by a strong hand.
  4. she must be made to comply with the rules.
  5. mr. smith challenged chairman's ruling.

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