To Rule. v.a. [from the noun.]
- To govern; to controll; to manage with power and authority.
It is a purpos'd thing
To curb the will of the nobility;
Suffer't, and live with such as cannot rule,
Nor ever will be rul'd. Shakesp. Coriolanus.
Marg'ret shall now be queen, and rule the king;
But I will rule both her, the king, and realm. Shakesp.
A greater power now rul'd him. Milton.
Rome! 'tis thine alone with awful sway,
To rule mankind, and make the world obey,
Disposing peace and war thy own majestick way.
- To manage.
He sought to take unto him the ruling of the affairs. 1 Mac.
- To settle as by a rule.
Had he done it with the pope's license, his adversaries must have been silent; for that's a ruled case with the schoolmen. Atterbury.