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rule as in exercise authority over
  • "as of nations"
  • "Who is governing the country now?"

Synonyms

  • govern bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; direct or strongly influence the behavior of; exercise authority over; require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
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rule as in decide with authority
  • "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"

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  • decree issue a decree; decide with authority; a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
rule as in be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
  • "Money reigns supreme here"
  • "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"

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  • predominate having superior power and influence; be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; appear very large or occupy a commanding position
  • dominate be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; be in control; have dominance or the power to defeat over; be greater in significance than; look down on
  • reign have sovereign power; be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; the period during which a monarch is sovereign; royal authority
  • prevail be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; be valid, applicable, or true; continue to exist; prove superior; use persuasion successfully
rule as in decide on and make a declaration about
  • "find someone guilty"

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  • find a productive insight ; the act of discovering something ; come upon, as if by accident; discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; come upon after searching; establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds; perceive or be contemporaneous with; get something or somebody for a specific purpose; make a discovery, make a new finding; make a discovery; obtain through effort or management; decide on and make a declaration about; receive a specified treatment (abstract); perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place; get or find back; succeed in reaching; accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
rule as in have an affinity with
  • "of signs of the zodiac"
rule as in mark or draw with a ruler
  • "rule the margins"
rule as in keep in check
  • "rule one's temper"

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  • harness a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute) ; stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart ; put a harness; exploit the power of; control and direct with or as if by reins; keep in check
  • rein one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse ; any means of control; control and direct with or as if by reins; stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins; stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins; keep in check
rule as in a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
  • "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"
  • "short haircuts were the regulation"

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  • regulation prescribed by or according to regulation; an authoritative rule ; a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; the state of being controlled or governed ; (embryology) the ability of an early embryo to continue normal development after its structure has been somehow damaged or altered ; the act of bringing to uniformity; the act of controlling or directing according to rule
rule as in 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"

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  • convention a large formal assembly; something regarded as a normative example; (diplomacy) an international agreement ; orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional ; the act of convening
  • normal something regarded as a normative example; conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; in accordance with scientific laws ; being approximately average or within certain limits in e.g. intelligence and development; forming a right angle
  • pattern plan or create according to a model or models ; form a pattern; a perceptual structure; a customary way of operation or behavior; a decorative or artistic work; something regarded as a normative example; a model considered worthy of imitation; something intended as a guide for making something else; the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport; graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
  • formula a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement ; directions for making something ; a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle ; a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements ; something regarded as a normative example; a liquid food for infants ; (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
rule as in prescribed guide for conduct or action

    Synonyms

    • prescript prescribed guide for conduct or action
    rule as in (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

      Synonyms

      • linguistic rule (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
      rule as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • principle a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; a rule or standard especially of good behavior; a basic truth or law or assumption; a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; rule of personal conduct ; (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
      rule as in the duration of a monarch's or government's power
      • "during the rule of Elizabeth"
      rule as in dominance or power through legal authority
      • "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"
      • "the rule of Caesar"

      Synonyms

      • dominion dominance or power through legal authority; a region marked off for administrative or other purposes ; one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
      rule as in directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
      • "he knew the rules of chess"
      rule as in any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
      • "the rule of St. Dominic"
      rule as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • principle a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; a rule or standard especially of good behavior; a basic truth or law or assumption; a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; rule of personal conduct ; (law) an explanation of the fundamental reasons (especially an explanation of the working of some device in terms of laws of nature)
      rule as in (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"

      Synonyms

      • formula a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement ; directions for making something ; a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle ; a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements ; something regarded as a normative example; a liquid food for infants ; (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
      rule as in 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

        Synonyms

        • ruler a person who rules or commands; 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

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