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
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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