There are 2 translations of rule in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ruːl/


  • 1 c (regulation, principle) regla (f), norma (f) to observe/break the rules observar or acatar/infringir* las reglas or normas a set of rules un reglamento the rules of tennis el reglamento del tenis it's against the rules to take photographs in here está prohibido sacar fotos aquí rules and regulations reglamento (m) to bend o stretch the rules apartarse un poco de las reglas the rules of the game las reglas del juego the rule of three la regla de tres to work to rule [Lab Rel] hacer* huelga de celo, trabajar a reglamento (CS) rule of thumb regla general as a rule of thumb como regla general my rule of thumb would be … como regla general yo diría que …
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    • One can demonstrate to skeptics the explicit rules which govern a skill, or a game, but not those which govern an art.
    • He said he did not understand the document explaining rules and procedures for taxi drivers from the council.
    • These managers rode roughshod over the rules that govern corporate activity and betrayed the trust of the investors.
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    • Silicon Valley is still operating under the rules and values I described nearly three years ago.
    • It is a descriptive fact that some people do eat peas with a knife, just as many speakers of English do not follow the rules of prescriptive grammars.
    • To get through it unscathed, we all have to play by our own rules as much as possible.
  • 2 (general practice, habit) (no pl) as a rule por lo general, generalmente the general rule is that I get home first por regla general or generalmente soy yo quien llega primero a casa corruption seems to be the rule these days la corrupción parece ser la norma hoy en día I make it a rule to reply promptly to letters tengo por norma contestar las cartas enseguida
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    • It's become the norm rather than the rule, and it does nothing to enhance the credibility of the medical profession.
    • Starvation is mercifully the exception rather than the rule - when it still exists, it is the result of social inequality rather than an absolute failure to produce food.
    • There was a time, decades ago, when third-level education was the exception rather than the rule in Irish society; that is no longer the case.
  • 3 u (government) gobierno (m) (of monarch) reinado (m) it was under foreign/Ottoman rule estaba bajo dominio extranjero/bajo el dominio otomano the rule of law el imperio de la ley they moved from military to civilian rule pasaron de un gobierno militar a uno civil the rule of the Tudors el reinado de los Tudor majority 1 1
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    • It puts the Republicans in a strange position, because they are in favor of local control and local rule, and here it is on television, local democracy in action.
    • During its sixty years of colonial rule, Britain controlled the population by fomenting regional and ethnic divisions.
    • Lasting only ten months before Spain resumed control, Britain's rule was of short duration.
  • 4 c (measure) regla (f)
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    • The plastic template contains rules, measures and a hole-punching guide.
    • Bench rules were often made of maple, log and board rules of hickory, and blacksmith's rules and counter measures of brass.
    • When there are bubbles, cut into the veneer with a sharp razor blade using a steel rule for guidance.

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There are 2 translations of rule in Spanish:



  • 1 (govern, control) [country] gobernar*, administrar; [person] dominar; [emotion] controlar you mustn't let that rule your life no debes permitir que tu vida quede supeditada a eso
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    • Previous governments had ended quickly and violently, the people wanted to be ruled over by a single capable man.
    • But the Ruthenians of Galicia had no wish to be ruled over by Poles and drew close to the Czechs in defence of Austro-Slavism.
    • Ancient Egypt declined, was overrun and thereafter ruled by foreign powers.
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    • There are times when you'll have every right to be angry, but you should never let that emotion rule you, or guide you.
    • Embarrassment and anger ruled her actions now.
    • Essentially, nobody knew what was going on, and emotions were ruling some heads that should have been kept cooler.
  • 2 (pronounce) dictaminar the committee ruled that there were no grounds for dismissal la comisión dictaminó que no había causal de despido
  • 3 (draw) [line] trazar* con una regla ruled paper papel (m) con renglones
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    • Written on ruled paper, the letter was found in a pile of papers at the Greens's home in Gloucestershire.
    • A workhorse of a machine was busy feeding a swath of yellow paper from one of these rolls, mechanically ruling the paper with calibrated pins dipped in blue ink.
    • Robin got a map from the Land Office with a lot of lines ruled on it, from which the position of our holding could be deduced.


  • 1 1.1 (govern) gobernar*; [monarch] reinar to rule over sb gobernar* a algn, reinar sobre algn United rules OK (BrE) ¡viva or arriba (el) United! 1.2 (predominate, be current) imperar
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    • Even in India, its birthplace, where it has been ruling supreme for the last 3,000 years, it has not been able to permeate the masses.
    • National Hunt racing rules supreme in this country.
    • But if you visit The Venue on other than a weekend night, when music rules supreme, you will find though that there is more to this pub than just music.
  • 2 (pronounce) to rule (on sth) fallar or resolver* (en algo) the court is expected to rule (on the case) this week se espera que el tribunal falle or resuelva (en el caso) esta semana to rule against/in favor of sb/sth fallar or resolver* en contra/a favor de algn/algo
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    • Nearly simultaneously, however, a federal district court ruled that an Ohio city could be sued for discriminatory effects.
    • A state appellate court ruled that federal law pre-empted the state claims.
    • In a case decided in 1950 the Brussels Court Martial had already ruled that torture in time of armed conflict was prohibited by a customary international law rule.

Phrasal verbs

rule off

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
separar con una línea

rule out

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
[possibility] descartar; [course of action] hacer* imposible his resignation cannot be ruled out no se puede descartar la posibilidad de que dimita their financial problems ruled out any expansion sus problemas financieros hacían imposible cualquier tipo de expansión his injury rules him out for tomorrow's game su lesión lo excluye del partido de mañana

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