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English definition of “rule”

rule

verb (CONTROL)    /ruːl/
B2 [I or T] to control or be the person in charge of something such as a country: Most modern kings and queens rule (their countries) only in a formal way, without real power. She rules her household with an iron hand/fist (= severely).Ruling and governing B2 [I or T] to be the most important and controlling influence on someone: Love ruled supreme in her heart. The desperate desire to go to Moscow ruled their lives.Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of rule verb (CONTROL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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