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rule*/*/*/
[ruːl] noun I
1) [C] a statement that explains what you can or cannot do in a particular situation
grammatical rules[/ex]
Players who break the rules are sent off the field.[/ex]
You should always follow these simple rules when using electrical equipment.[/ex]
You can't do that, it's against the rules![/ex]
the basic rules of the game[/ex]
2) [U] the person, group, or country that officially controls a place
British rule over Hong Kong ended in 1997.[/ex]
as a rule — usually[/ex]
As a rule, I stay in on Friday nights.[/ex]
bend / stretch the rules — to allow something that is not normally allowed[/ex]
be the rule — to be what usually happens, or what is thought to be normal[/ex]
Sunny skies are the rule at this time of year.[/ex]
rule of thumb — a simple method or principle that is not exact, but that is effective[/ex]
See:
golden rule,
home rule
Words often used with rule Verbs often used with rule (noun, sense 1) ■ bend, break, flout, stretch + RULES: not accept rules ■ follow, obey, play by, stick to + RULES: accept rules II
verb
rule */*/[ruːl]
1) [I/T] to officially control a country or area
Syn:
govern
Portugal ruled East Timor for nearly four centuries.[/ex]
2) [I/T] to make and announce an official decision
The judge still has not ruled on the case.[/ex]
The court ruled that the strike was illegal.[/ex]
3) [T] to control someone's thoughts or actions
Money and music rule Charlie's world.[/ex]
We must not allow ourselves to be ruled by personal feelings.[/ex]
- rule sb/sth out

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