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rule verb

ADV. justly

PREP. by the president's powers to rule by decree | over He left his son to rule over Saragossa.

PHRASES rule supreme, rule with an iron fist/hand; rule with a rod of iron (= control a person or group of people very severely) PHRASAL VERBS rule sth out

ADV. altogether, categorically, completely, definitely, entirely, firmly, totally This theory cannot be ruled out altogether. | virtually | effectively His age effectively ruled him out as a possible candidate. | apparently | automatically Infringement of this regulation would automatically rule you out of the championship. | immediately | formerly, hitherto, previously

VERB + RULE cannot/could not, fail to, refuse to

PREP. as Police have now ruled her out as the killer.