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verb rule pronunciation in American English /rul/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleruling
past tenseruled
past participleruled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to officially control or govern a country or area
    rule over: At that time, the Emperor ruled over most of Europe and North Africa.
    Spain ruled Cuba for nearly four centuries.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make and announce a decision, usually about a legal matter
    The police have ruled the death a homicide.
    rule on: The court still has not ruled on the Swift case.
    rule (that): A federal judge ruled that the city must make all their financial records public.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to influence someones thoughts or actions
    Money and music rule Charlie’s world.
    We must not allow ourselves to be ruled by sentiment in this matter.



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