Synonyms of rule in English:

rule

noun

  • 1 you should follow any health and safety rules which apply to your workplace
    regulation, ruling, directive, order, court order, act, law, by-law, statute, edict, canon, ordinance, pronouncement, mandate, command, dictate, dictum, decree, fiat, proclamation, injunction, commandment, prescription, stipulation, requirement, precept, guideline, direction; in Tsarist Russiaukase; in Spain & Spanish-speaking countriespronunciamento
  • 2 the general rule is that problems are referred upwards through the organization
    procedure, practice, protocol, convention, standard, norm, form, routine, custom, habit, wont
    formal praxis
  • 3 moderation in all things—that's the golden rule
    precept, principle, standard, axiom, truth, truism, maxim, aphorism
  • Phrases

    as a rule

    usuallygenerallyin generalnormallyordinarilycustomarilyalmost alwaysfor the most parton the wholeby and largein the mainmainlymostlymore often than notcommonlytypicallyon averagein most cases

    verb

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  • 1 El Salvador was ruled by Spain until 1821
    govern, preside over, control, have control of, be in control of, lead, be the leader of, dominate, run, head, direct, administer, manage, regulate
    literary sway
  • 2 Mary ruled for only six years
    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 sceptre, be monarch, be sovereign
  • 3 a High Court judge ruled that the children should be sent back to their father
    decree, order, direct, pronounce, make a judgement, judge, adjudge, adjudicate, lay down, ordain; decide, find, determine, resolve, settle, establish, hold
  • 4 up in the shanty towns, subversion ruled
    prevail, obtain, be the order of the day, predominate, hold sway, be supreme
  • Phrases

    rule something out

    excludeeliminaterejectdismissdisregardprecludeprohibitpreventobviatedisallow

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    -cracy related suffix, as in democracy
    -archy related suffix, as in oligarchy

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