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verb rule pronunciation in British English /ruːl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrule
he/she/itrules
present participleruling
past tenseruled
past participleruled
  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.
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  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 someones 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, McQueen rules supreme.

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