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British English: /ruːl/
American English: /rul/

Translation of rule in French:


  • 1 (regulation) (of game, sport, language, religion)
    (of school, company, organization)
    the rules of the game
    [literal] [figurative]
    les règles or la règle du jeu
    school/EU rules
    le règlement de l'école/de la UE
    to obey/break/bend the rules
    obéir à/violer/contourner les règles or le règlement
    to be against the rules
    être contraire aux règles or au règlement
    to do de faire
    it is a rule that …
    il est de règle que …
    under this rule
    selon cette règle or le règlement
    rules and regulations I make it a rule always/never to do
    j'ai pour règle de toujours/de ne jamais faire
  • 3
    colonial rule
    domination coloniale
    under Tory rule
    sous un gouvernement conservateur
    under the rule of a tyrant
    sous la domination d'un tyran
  • 4 (for measuring) a metre rule
    une règle d'un mètre

transitive verb

  • 2 (control)
    (money, appetite) (life, character)
    (person, consideration) (behaviour)
    (factor) (strategy)
    to be ruled by somebody (dated)
    se laisser diriger par quelqu'un
    to let one's heart rule one's head
    laisser son cœur dominer sa raison
  • 4 (tribunal, court, judge, umpire)to rule that …
    décréter que …
    to rule something unlawful
    décréter que quelque chose est illégal

intransitive verb

  • 1 (gen) (Politics)
    anarchy rules
    l'anarchie règne
    Leeds United rule OK (informal)!
    vive Leeds United!
  • 2
    (tribunal, court, judge, umpire) against contre

Phrasal verbs

rule off

1 rule off
faire or tirer un trait
2 rule off [something], rule [something] off
faire or tirer un trait sous
(part of writing)

rule out

rule out [something], rule [something] out 1.1 (eliminate)
(chance, possibility, candidate) of de
to rule out doing
exclure de faire
1.2 (prevent)

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