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rule

verb [I or T] (DECIDE)    /ruːl/
to decide officially: Only the Appeal Court can rule on this point. The judge ruled for/in favour of/against the defendant. [+ that] The government has ruled that the refugees must be deported. [+ obj + noun/adj ] The courts have ruled his brave action illegal. → See also overruleLegislation and law-makingJudges and juries
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