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Idioms about rule

    as a rule, generally; usually: He arrives at eleven o'clock, as a rule.
    rule the roost. roost (def. 7).

Origin of rule

First recorded in 1175–1225; (noun) Middle English riule, reule, from Old French riule, from Latin rēgula “straight stick, pattern” (see regula); (verb) Middle English riwlen, reulen, rewellen, from Old French riuler, rieuler, ruler, from Late Latin rēgulāre, derivative of rēgula

synonym study for rule

1. See principle. 13. Rule, 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. To govern is authoritatively to guide or direct persons or things, especially in the affairs of a large administrative unit: to govern a state. To manage 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM rule

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How to use rule in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rule

rule
/ (ruːl) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of rule

rulable, adjective

Word Origin for rule

C13: from Old French riule, from Latin rēgula a straight edge; see regulate
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