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Noun
Control of or dominion over an area or people
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“The centuries of rule by the dynasty has left a lasting legacy in the region.”
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One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure
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“I urge fellow members to rethink this controversial new rule which will only serve to limit our freedoms.”
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A principle within a particular sphere of knowledge
“The first rule for controlling diseases is prevention.”
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The normal or customary state of things
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“It is no longer enough for a receiver to merely catch the ball, as has been the rule for the last 120 years or so.”
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A long, narrow mark or band
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A short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals of an individual, family, or institution
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An opinion, belief, or principle that is held as absolute truth by someone or especially an organization
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A verdict or decision made by a judge or jury
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A situation that must exist before something else is possible or permitted
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(of a person) The quality of having a high personal standing or status
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Measuring tape
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An organization having a particular purpose, especially one that is involved with science, education, or a specific profession
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A session or inquiry made before a court or jury
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Policy
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The fact or condition of being prevalent; commonness
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Tool for measuring or calculating length
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A legal sentence or punishment
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The action of entering and taking control of a building
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A long rigid piece of wood, metal, or similar material
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A sign or measure of something
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Typical matter
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A system of measurement
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To govern or rule over
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“Although Polyneices is next in line to rule Thebes, Eteocles claims the throne for himself.”
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To restrain or have control over
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“We cannot allow fear to rule our lives.”
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To be in power
“Mary Tudor, the first queen regnant of England, would rule from 1553 until her death in 1558.”
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To pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case
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“Contrary to submissions made by the plaintiff, I rule that the defendants are parties to the action.”
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To be a dominant or powerful factor
“Pete Sampras would rule as the premier tennis player of the 90s.”
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To keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level
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“If you cannot rule your emotions, your emotions will rule you.”
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To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion
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To be impressive
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To come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration
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To put into effect through legislative or authoritative action
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To forcibly impose obedience or servitude
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Prove more powerful or superior
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To remain valid or unaltered
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To instruct or urge (someone) to do something
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To indicate the importance of by giving prominent display
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Seize, take over
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To impose a judicial punishment on
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