Synonyms of rule in English:

rule


See definition of rule

noun

1‘you should follow any health and safety rules which apply to your workplace’

SYNONYMS

regulation, ruling, directive, order, court order, act, law, by-law, statute, edict, canon, ordinance, pronouncement, mandate, command, dictate, dictum, decree, fiat, proclamation, injunction, commandment, prescription, stipulation, requirement, precept, guideline, direction

ukase

pronunciamento

2‘the general rule is that problems are referred upwards through the organization’

SYNONYMS

procedure, practice, protocol, convention, standard, norm, form, routine, custom, habit, wont

formal praxis

3‘moderation in all things—that's the golden rule’

SYNONYMS

precept, principle, standard, axiom, truth, truism, maxim, aphorism

4‘Punjab came under British rule in 1849’

SYNONYMS

control, jurisdiction, command, power, sway, dominion, government, administration, sovereignty, leadership, ascendancy, supremacy, authority, direction, mastery, hegemony, regime, influence

Indian raj

archaic regiment


verb

1‘El Salvador was ruled by Spain until 1821’

SYNONYMS

govern, preside over, control, have control of, be in control of, lead, be the leader of, dominate, run, head, direct, administer, manage, regulate

literary sway

2‘Mary ruled for only six years’

SYNONYMS

be in power, be in control, hold sway, be in authority, be in command, be in charge, govern, be at the helm

reign, sit on the throne, wear the crown, wield the sceptre, be monarch, be sovereign

3‘a High Court judge ruled that the children should be sent back to their father’

SYNONYMS

decree, order, direct, pronounce, make a judgement, judge, adjudge, adjudicate, lay down, ordain

decide, find, determine, resolve, settle, establish, hold

rare asseverate

4‘up in the shanty towns, subversion ruled’

SYNONYMS

prevail, obtain, be the order of the day, predominate, hold sway, be supreme


Phrases

    as a rule

      SYNONYMS

      usually, generally, in general, normally, ordinarily, customarily, almost always, for the most part, on the whole, by and large, in the main, mainly, mostly, more often than not, commonly, typically, on average, in most cases

    rule something out

      SYNONYMS

      exclude, eliminate, reject, dismiss, disregard

      preclude, prohibit, prevent, obviate, disallow