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Synonyms of rule in English:


  • 1 health and safety rules
    regulation, ruling, directive, order, act, law, statute, edict, canon, mandate, command, dictate, decree, fiat, injunction, commandment, stipulation, requirement, guideline, direction
    formal ordinance
  • 2 lateness was the general rule
    procedure, practice, protocol, convention, norm, routine, custom, habit, wont
    formal praxis
  • 3 moderation is the golden rule
    precept, principle, standard, axiom, truth, maxim
  • verb

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  • 1 El Salvador was ruled by Spain
  • 2 Elizabeth has ruled for more than fifty years
    be in power, be in control, be in command, be in charge, govern;
    reign, be monarch, be sovereign
  • 3 the judge ruled that they be set free
    decree, order, pronounce, judge, adjudge, ordain;
    decide, find, determine, resolve, settle
  • 4 chaos ruled
    prevail, predominate, be the order of the day, reign supreme
    formal obtain
  • Phrases

    rule something out
    the gold brocade isn't one of the top choices, but don't yet rule it out
    exclude, eliminate, disregard;
    preclude, prohibit, prevent, disallow
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