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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rule, ruler(noun)

    measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths

    construct, restore, rebuild, trace, manufacture, make, redo, retrace, build, reconstruct, fabricate, remodel

  2. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula(noun)

    something regarded as a normative example

    "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"

    boringness, dreariness, insipidness, insipidity, blandness

  3. rule, regulation(noun)

    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior

    "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"

    dear(p), pricy, pricey, devout, heartfelt, earnest, high-priced, beloved, businesslike, god-fearing, good, darling, costly, solemn, near, sincere, dear

    insincere, purposeless, frivolous

  4. rule, formula(noun)

    (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems

    "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"

    earnestness, unassumingness, seriousness, distressfulness, sincerity, serious-mindedness

  5. principle, rule(noun)

    a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system

    "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"

  6. principle, rule(noun)

    a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct

    "their principles of composition characterized all their works"

    crayfish, ecrevisse, crawdad, crawfish

  7. rule(noun)

    any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order

    "the rule of St. Dominic"

    excursion, dispatch, digression, expedition, picnic, chasse, field day, hostile expedition, despatch, expeditiousness, outing, junket, sashay, military expedition, pleasure trip, jaunt

  8. rule, prescript(noun)

    prescribed guide for conduct or action

    sashay, excursion, expeditiousness, jaunt, expedition, dispatch, shipment, hostile expedition, outing, junket, communique, military expedition, pleasure trip, despatch

  9. rule(noun)

    directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted

    "he knew the rules of chess"

    extraction, pin, stemma, crepuscule, parentage, dip, pedigree, gloam, bloodline, twilight, diminution, decline in quality, dec, spill, gloaming, downslope, tumble, regrets, declivity, decay, decline, surrender, worsening, declination, descent, lineage, fall, filiation, autumn, stock, deterioration, evenfall, origin, celestial latitude, line, line of descent, downfall, declension, drop, crepuscle, nightfall, dusk, free fall, ancestry, blood, blood line, capitulation

    ascent, ascension, rise, rising, go up, lift, move up, come up, uprise, arise

  10. rule, linguistic rule(noun)

    (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

    fix, settle on

  11. dominion, rule(noun)

    dominance or power through legal authority

    "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"

    polypropene, polypropylene

  12. rule(noun)

    the duration of a monarch's or government's power

    "during the rule of Elizabeth"

    railway, railroad line, railroad, railway system, railway line, railroad track

  13. rule, harness, rein(verb)

    keep in check

    "rule one's temper"

    reformable, cashable

    irrecoverable, unexchangeable, unconvertible, incorrigible, inconvertible, unrecoverable

  14. rule, decree(verb)

    decide with authority

    "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"

    pull, rive, rend

  15. rule, find(verb)

    decide on and make a declaration about

    "find someone guilty"

  16. rule(verb)

    mark or draw with a ruler

    "rule the margins"

    discreteness, separateness, severalty, otherness, sharpness, distinctness

  17. govern, rule(verb)

    exercise authority over; as of nations

    "Who is governing the country now?"

  18. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail(verb)

    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

    byproduct, spin-off, by-product

  19. rule(verb)

    have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac

    spray gun


  1. rule(verb)

    To excel.

    This game rules!



English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. rule

    Govern carries the idea of authoritative administration or some exercise of authority that is at once effective and continuous; control is effective, but may be momentary or occasional. One controls what he holds or can hold at will absolutely in check; as, a skilful horseman controls a spirited horse; a person controls his temper; we say to one who is excited, "control yourself." A person commands another when he has, or claims, the right to make that other do his will, with power of inflicting penalty if not obeyed; he controls another whom he can effectually prevent from doing anything contrary to his will; he governs one whom he actually does cause, regularly or constantly, to obey his will; a parent may command a child whom he can not govern or control. The best teachers are not greatly prone to command, but govern or control their pupils largely by other means. Command is, however, often used in the sense of securing, as well as requiring, submission or obedience, as when we speak of a commanding influence; a man commands the situation when he can shape events as he pleases; a fortress commands the region when no enemy can pass against its resistance. Govern implies the exercise of knowledge and judgment as well as power. To rule is more absolute and autocratic than to govern; to sway is to move by quiet but effectual influence; to mold is not only to influence feeling and action, but to shape character; to manage is to secure by skilful contrivance the doing of one's will by those whom one can not directly control; a wise mother, by gentle means, sways the feelings and molds the lives of her children; to be able to manage servants is an important element of good housekeeping. The word reign, once so absolute, now simply denotes that one holds the official station of sovereign in a monarchy, with or without effective power; the Queen of England reigns; the Czar of Russia both reigns and rules.

    command, control, curb, direct, govern, influence, manage, mold, reign, reign over, restrain, sway

    be in subjection, be subject, comply, obey, submit, yield

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How to use rule in a sentence?

  1. James Dodgson:

    I can't even rule out some isolated tornadoes. ... We have a very serious situation as we have a very big hurricane moving by to our north.

  2. Raneshwar Sing Kishan:

    Protestors leaders hidden affiliation with Govt appears clear because no farmer in the lakhs of congregation was ever fined for not wearing masks. This COVID rule exemption is seen only in Govt sponsored programs and rallies.

  3. Kevin Demer:

    The 80-20 rule applies 20 percent of the criminals doing 80 percent of the damage.

  4. Mark Ayotte:

    Ben Simmons deemed the altercation a fight. Therefore, by rule, theyre both ejected, i just saw Ben Simmons each lock arms. And that escalated to the fight.

  5. RVM:

    Some live Life strictly, following each and every rule rigidly. They go by the Book and get stuck by the Hook. Break free today, let conscience guide your way.-RVM

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