Synonyms of rule in English:


See definition of rule


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


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



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


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

formal praxis

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


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

4‘Punjab came under British rule in 1849’


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

Indian raj

archaic regiment


1‘El Salvador was ruled by Spain until 1821’


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’


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’


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’


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


    as a rule


      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


      exclude, eliminate, reject, dismiss, disregard

      preclude, prohibit, prevent, obviate, disallow