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Another word for rule

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Noun
  1. The act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled

    See also:

    over

  2. The continuous exercise of authority over a political unit

      1. The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.
      2. The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body.
      3. Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.
      1. The action, manner, or power of governing:
      1. The management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation:
      2. The art or action of directing a musical or theatrical production.
      3. An authoritative order or command:
      1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct:
      2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
      3. To hold in restraint; check:
      1. The act or process of administering, especially the management of a government or large institution.
      2. The activity of a government or state in the exercise of its powers and duties.
      3. The executive branch of a government.
  3. A system by which a political unit is controlled

      1. A government, especially an oppressive or undemocratic one:
      2. A usually heavy-handed administration or group in charge of an organization:
      3. A way of organizing or managing something; a system:
      1. The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.
      2. The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body.
      3. Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.
      1. The action, manner, or power of governing:
    See also:

    politics

  4. A principle governing affairs within or among political units

      1. The act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
      2. A principle, rule, or law designed to control or govern conduct.
      3. A governmental order having the force of law.
      1. The action of establishing a rule, law, or direction.
      2. Something that is prescribed; a rule, law, or direction:
      3. A written order, especially by a physician, for the preparation and administration of a medicine or other treatment.
      1. A rule or principle prescribing a particular course of action or conduct.
      2. A direction or order issued by an authority; a writ, command, or process.
      1. An authoritative command or order.
      2. A custom or practice established by long usage.
      3. A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
      1. A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.
      2. The body of rules and principles governing the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority; a legal system:
      3. The condition of social order and justice created by adherence to such a system:
      1. To establish, organize, or introduce:
      2. To initiate; begin:
      3. To establish or invest (someone) in an office or position.
      1. A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law.
      2. A formal pronouncement or command.
      1. An authoritative order having the force of law.
      2. The judgment of a court of equity.
      3. The judgment of a court.
      1. An ecclesiastical law or code of laws established by a church council.
      2. A secular law, rule, or code of law.
      3. An established principle:
    See also:

    law

  5. A code or set of codes governing action or procedure, for example

      1. A class or category:
      2. A title; a name.
      3. A part of a manuscript or book, such as a title, heading, or initial letter, that appears in decorative red lettering or is otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.
      1. The act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
      2. A principle, rule, or law designed to control or govern conduct.
      3. A governmental order having the force of law.
      1. Something prescribed, especially a rule or regulation of conduct.
      2. Having been established as a rule; prescribed.
      1. To say or read aloud to be recorded or written by another:
      2. To prescribe with authority; impose:
      3. To control or command:
    See also:

    order

  6. A regular or customary matter, condition, or course of events

      1. Commonly encountered, experienced, or observed:
      2. Regularly or customarily used:
      3. In conformity with regular practice or procedure:
      1. Commonly encountered; usual:
      2. Of no exceptional ability, degree, or quality; average:
      3. Not particularly good; not better than average:
      1. A pattern that is regarded as typical of something:
      2. A standard or expectation that is established for a given enterprise or effort:
      3. A pattern of behavior considered acceptable or proper by a social group:
      1. Ordinary; common:
      2. Uninteresting; unremarkable:
      3. A trite or obvious saying; a platitude:
    See also:

    usual

Verb
  1. To exercise authority or influence over

      1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
      2. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate:
      3. To control the actions or behavior of:
      1. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power:
      2. To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over:
      3. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in:
      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
      1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct:
      2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
      3. To hold in restraint; check:
  2. To exercise the authority of a sovereign

      1. To swing back and forth or to and fro.
      2. To incline or bend to one side; veer:
      3. To incline toward change, as in opinion or feeling:
      1. Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch.
      2. The period during which a monarch rules.
      3. Dominance or widespread influence:
      1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
      2. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate:
      3. To control the actions or behavior of:
  3. To command or issue commands in an arrogant manner

      1. To treat tyrannically; oppress.
      2. To exercise absolute power:
      3. To rule as a tyrant.
      1. A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
      2. A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved:
      3. Condition or state in general:
      1. To rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly; tyrannize.
      2. To exercise arbitrary or arrogant rule or control.
      1. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power:
      2. To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over:
      3. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in:
      1. To say or read aloud to be recorded or written by another:
      2. To prescribe with authority; impose:
      3. To control or command:
      1. An employer or supervisor.
      2. One who makes decisions or exercises authority.
      3. A professional politician who controls a party or a political machine.
    See also:

    over

  4. To occupy the preeminent position in

      1. Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch.
      2. The period during which a monarch rules.
      3. Dominance or widespread influence:
      1. To be greater in strength or influence; triumph:
      2. To be most common or frequent; be predominant:
      3. To be in force, use, or effect; be current:
      1. To exceed something else in weight.
      2. To be greater than something else, as in power, force, quantity, or importance; predominate:
      3. Preponderant.
      1. To have or gain controlling power or influence; prevail:
      2. To be of or have greater quantity or importance; preponderate:
      3. To dominate or prevail over.
      1. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power:
      2. To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over:
      3. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in:
  5. To make a decision about (a controversy or dispute, for example) after deliberation, as in a court of law

      1. A person appointed to rule on plays, especially in baseball.
      2. A person appointed to settle a dispute that mediators have been unable to resolve; an arbitrator.
      3. To act as referee for; rule or judge.
      1. One to whom something is referred, especially for settlement, decision, or an opinion as to the thing's quality.
      2. An official supervising the play; an umpire.
      3. A person appointed by a court to assist a judge in the trying of a case or to hear certain types of cases.
      1. To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration:
      2. To hear and decide on in a court of law:
      3. To pass sentence on; condemn.
      1. To establish or ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation:
      2. To give direction to by making decisions; devise or control:
      3. To decide or settle (a dispute, for example) conclusively and authoritatively.
      1. An authoritative order having the force of law.
      2. The judgment of a court of equity.
      3. The judgment of a court.
      1. To reach a conclusion or form a judgment or opinion about (something) by reasoning or consideration:
      2. To cause to make or reach a decision:
      3. To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about:
      1. To judge or decide in or as in the manner of an arbitrator:
      2. To submit to settlement or judgment by arbitration:
      3. To serve as an arbitrator or arbiter.
      1. To make a decision (in a legal case or proceeding), as where a judge or arbitrator rules on some disputed issue or claim between the parties.
      2. To study and settle (a dispute or conflict):
      3. To act as a judge of (a contest or an aspect of a contest).
      1. To determine or decide by judicial procedure; adjudicate.
      2. To order judicially; rule.
      3. To award (damages, for example) by law.

Idioms:

    rule out

  1. To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action

  2. rule out

  3. To keep from being admitted, included, or considered

Another word for rule

Noun
  1. Government

      1. The right of a court to hear a particular case, based on the scope of its authority over the type of case and the parties to the case.
      2. Authority or control:
      3. The extent of authority or control:
      1. Control or the exercise of control; sovereignty:
      2. A territory or sphere of influence or control; a realm.
      3. A self-governing nation under the nominal rule of the British monarch.
      1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct:
      2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
      3. To hold in restraint; check:
    See also:

    government

  2. A regulation

  3. The custom

      1. To do or perform habitually or customarily; make a habit of:
      2. To do or perform (something) repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill:
      3. To give lessons or repeated instructions to; drill:
      1. Development in a particular way; progress:
      2. Movement in time; duration:
      3. The direction of continuing movement:
      1. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition:
      2. An established disposition of the mind or character:
      3. Customary manner or practice:
Verb
  1. To govern

    See also:

    govern

  2. To regulate

      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
      1. An authoritative order having the force of law.
      2. The judgment of a court of equity.
      3. The judgment of a court.
      1. A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
      2. A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved:
      3. Condition or state in general: