to use power, authority, or influence over: [~ + object]to rule a kingdom.[no object]to rule for only a decade.
to decide in a court of law or by some authority; decree: [no object]How will the court rule?[~ + on + object]The court will rule on the matter at its next session.[~ + (that) clause]The court ruled that she could not keep her baby.
to mark with lines, esp. parallel straight lines, with the aid of a ruler:[~ + object]to rule paper.
[~ + object] to be superior in (a group), so as to hold influence over.
to influence or control:[~ + object]sometimes ruled by passion and not by logic.
rule out, to eliminate from thinking about; to decide to ignore: [~ + out + object]We can rule out the possibility of an overnight improvement in the economy.[~ + object + out]We can't rule it out completely.
Idiomsas a rule, generally; usually:He's there by 7:30 as a rule.
14.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedRule,administer,command,govern,manage mean to exercise authoritative guidance or direction. Rule implies the exercise of authority as by a sovereign:to rule a kingdom.Administer places emphasis on the planned and orderly procedures used:to administer the finances of an institution.Command suggests military authority and the power to exact obedience; to be in command of:to command a ship.Togovern is authoritatively to guide or direct persons or things, esp. in the affairs of a large administrative unit:to govern a state.Tomanage is to conduct affairs, i.e., to guide them in a unified way toward a definite goal, or to direct or control people, often by tact, address, or artifice:to manage a business.
15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged order, judge.
an authoritative regulation or direction concerning method or procedure, as for a court of law, legislative body, game, or other human institution or activity: judges' rules, play according to the rules
the exercise of governmental authority or control: the rule of Caesar
the period of time in which a monarch or government has power: his rule lasted 100 days
a customary form or procedure; regular course of action: he made a morning swim his rule
the rule ⇒ the common order of things; normal condition: violence was the rule rather than the exception
a prescribed method or procedure for solving a mathematical problem, or one constituting part of a computer program, usually expressed in an appropriate formalism
any of various devices with a straight edge for guiding or measuring; ruler: a carpenter's rule
a printed or drawn character in the form of a long thin line