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verb rule pronunciation in British English /ruːl/
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

    Portugal ruled East Timor for nearly four centuries.

    rule over:

    At that time, the Emperor ruled over most of Europe and North Africa.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make and announce a decision, usually about a legal matter

    Mrs Kendry was ruled medically unfit to attend the hearing.

    rule on:

    The court still has not ruled on the Swift case.

    rule (that):

    Romania’s Supreme Court ruled that the strike was illegal.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to influence someone’s thoughts or actions

    Money and music rule Charlie’s world.

    We must not allow ourselves to be ruled by sentiment in this matter.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to be more important or successful than anyone or anything else

    In the world of fashion, Dior ruled supreme.



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