rule

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rule is part of the Basic English 850.
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rule

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
rule

Plural
rules

  1. A rule is a statement that tells whether something is right or wrong.
    Peter picked up the football, which was against the rules, so the other team got a throw-in.
  2. A king's rule is the time he controls the country.
    The next king had a very short rule: only two years.
  3. A rule is another name for a ruler, a measuring device.

Verb[change]

Plain form
rule

Third-person singular
rules

Past tense
ruled

Past participle
ruled

Present participle
ruling

  1. When someone rules, he or she is in charge, like a king or queen.
    The king ruled for 33 years.

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