Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun rule

12 senses of rule

Sense 1
rule, regulation -- (a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation")
       => concept, conception, construct -- (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Sense 2
convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula -- (something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors")
       => practice -- (knowledge of how something is usually done; "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner")

Sense 3
rule, prescript -- (prescribed guide for conduct or action)
       => direction, instruction -- (a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them")

Sense 4
rule, linguistic rule -- ((linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice)
       => concept, conception, construct -- (an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances)

Sense 5
principle, rule -- (a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works")
       => generalization, generalisation, generality -- (an idea or conclusion having general application; "he spoke in broad generalities")

Sense 6
rule -- (the duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth")
       => duration, continuance -- (the period of time during which something continues)

Sense 7
dominion, rule -- (dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar")
       => dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, control -- (the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her")

Sense 8
rule -- (directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess")
       => direction, instruction -- (a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them")

Sense 9
rule -- (any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic")
       => direction, instruction -- (a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them")

Sense 10
principle, rule -- (a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields")
       => law, law of nature -- (a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics")

Sense 11
rule, formula -- ((mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials")
       => procedure, process -- (a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error")

Sense 12
rule, ruler -- (measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths)
       => measuring stick, measure, measuring rod -- (measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb rule

7 senses of rule

Sense 1
govern, rule -- (exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?")
       => control, command -- (exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces")

Sense 2
rule, decree -- (decide with authority; "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed")
       => decide, make up one's mind, determine -- (reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations")
          Phrasal Verb-> rule out#1

Sense 3
predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail -- (be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood")

Sense 4
rule, find -- (decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty")
       => pronounce, label, judge -- (pronounce judgment on; "They labeled him unfit to work here")

Sense 5
rule -- (have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac)
       => attach to, accompany, come with, go with -- (be present or associated with an event or entity; "French fries come with the hamburger"; "heart attacks are accompanied by distruction of heart tissue"; "fish usually goes with white wine"; "this kind of vein accompanies certain arteries")

Sense 6
rule -- (mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins")
       => draw -- (represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse")

Sense 7
rule, harness, rein -- (keep in check; "rule one's temper")
       => restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle -- (place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends")

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