rule noun (INSTRUCTION)
Before you start your own business you should be familiar with the government's rules and regulations.
You must not break the rules.
You can trust Ruth because she always plays (it) by/goes by/does things by the rules (= follows instructions, standards, or rules).
rule noun (CONTROL)
- Various parts of Africa have suffered under colonial rule.
- The constituency fell to Labour at the last election, after ten years of Conservative rule.
- The president resigned after 30 years of autocratic rule.
- In the end she left home just to escape the tyrannical rule of her mother.
- The people revolted against foreign rule and established their own government.
rule verb (CONTROL)
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rule verb (DECIDE)
- Her confession was ruled inadmissible as evidence because it was given under pressure from the police.
- The judge ruled that the directors had knowingly broken the law.
- The judge ruled her unfit to plead on the grounds of insanity.
- We won't be surprised if the judge rules in her favour.
- The player was ruled off-side and so the goal was disallowed.