Synonyms of rule
1 regulationDictionary • the rule against retrospective prosecution
regulation • new safety regulations
order • They were arrested and executed on the orders of Stalin.
law • the laws of the Church of England
decree • He issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups to disband.
ordinance • ordinances that restrict building development
dictum • his dictum that the priority of the government must be the health of the people
2 preceptDictionary • An important rule is to drink plenty of water.
precept • the precept, `If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well'
principle • a violation of the basic principles of Marxism
criterion • Exam results shouldn't be the only criterion for your choice of school.
canon • These measures offended all the accepted canons of political economy.
maxim • I believe in the maxim 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
tenet • Non-violence is the central tenet of their faith.
axiom • the long-held axiom that education leads to higher income
3 procedureDictionary • according to the rules of quantum theory
procedure • He did not follow the correct procedure in applying for a visa.
policy • plans which include changes in foreign policy
standard • My father has always had high moral standards.
method • new teaching methods
way • Freezing is a great way to preserve most foods.
course • Resignation is the only course left open to him.
formula • The new peace formula means hostilities have ended.
4 customDictionary • The usual rule is to start as one group.
custom • The custom of lighting the Olympic flame goes back centuries.
practice • a public inquiry into bank practices
routine • The players had to change their daily routine.
form • a frequent broadcaster on correct form and dress
condition • They had agreed to a summit subject to certain conditions.
tradition • She has carried on the family tradition of giving away plants.
habit • It had become a habit with her to annoy him.
convention • It's just a social convention that men don't wear skirts.
wont • Keith woke early, as was his wont.
order or way of things
5 governmentDictionary • the winding-up of British rule over the territory
power • women who have reached positions of great power and influence
control • The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the republic's territory.
authority • The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
influence • As he grew older, she had less influence and couldn't control him.
administration • He served in posts in both the Ford and Carter administrations.
direction • The house was built under the direction of his partner.
leadership • What most people want to see is determined, decisive action and firm leadership.
command • the struggle for command of the air
regime • the collapse of the fascist regime
empire • the erroneous belief that man possesses empire over all the creatures in the world
reign • Queen Victoria's reign
sway • How can mothers keep daughters under their sway?
domination • They had five centuries of domination by the Romans.
jurisdiction • The British police have no jurisdiction over foreign bank accounts.
supremacy • The president asserted his supremacy over the prime minister.
mastery • a region where humans have gained mastery over the major rivers
dominion • They believe they have dominion over us.
ascendancy • The extremists are gaining ascendancy.
mana (New Zealand) • a leader of great mana and influence
1 governDictionary • the feudal lord who ruled this land
govern • They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country.
lead • He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
control • He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
manage • Within two years, he was managing the store.
direct • He will direct day-to-day operations.
guide • He should have let his instinct guide him.
regulate • a powerful body to regulate the stock market
administer • Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
oversee • Get a surveyor to oversee and inspect the various stages of the work.
have power over
have charge of
2 reignDictionary • He ruled for eight years.
reign • Henry II, who reigned from 1154 to 1189
govern • Marine insurance is governed by a strict series of rules and regulations.
be in power
hold sway • Here, a completely different approach seems to hold sway.
wear the crown
be in authority
be number one (informal)
3 controlDictionary • Fear can rule our lives.
dominate • He denied that his country wants to dominate Europe.
monopolize • They are virtually monopolizing the market.
have the upper hand over
4 decreeDictionary • The court ruled that laws passed by the assembly remained valid.
decree • He got the two men off the hook by decreeing a general amnesty.
find • He has been found guilty on all five charges.
decide • This is a question that should be decided by government.
judge • He was judged guilty and burned at the stake.
determine • What determines whether you are a success or a failure?
settle • Right, that's settled then.
resolve • She resolved to report the matter.
pronounce • A specialist has pronounced him fully fit.
adjudge • He was adjudged to be guilty.
IDIOM:▷ as a rule
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ rule someone out
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adjudgeIf someone is adjudged to be something, they are judged or considered to be that thing.
• He was adjudged to be guilty.
administerIf someone administers something such as a country, the law, or a test, they take responsibility for organizing and supervising it.
• Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
be in charge of,
be in charge of,
administrationYou can refer to a country's government as the administration; used especially in the United States.
• He served in posts in both the Ford and Carter administrations.
Thesaurus for rule from the Collins English Thesaurus
an authoritative regulation or direction concerning method or procedure, as for a court of law, legislative body, game, or other human institution or activity