Translation of rule in Spanish:


regla, n.

Pronunciation /rul//ruːl/


  • 1

    (regulation, principle)
    regla feminine
    norma feminine
    to observe/break the rules observar / acatar/infringir las reglas / normas
    • a set of rules un reglamento
    • the rules of tennis el reglamento del tenis
    • rules and regulations reglamento
    • When Sun-hwa is dragged into her life of prostitution, she is also brought into a world that operates under completely different rules.
    • Once the bin is full, the rules of composting say that you should turn the material in the bin every few weeks.
    • We need to have some rules and regulations governing driving on a commercial basis for income.
    • Property purchase procedures, rules and regulations vary enormously around the world.
    • The Internet operates by very different rules from other electronic information systems.
    • Silicon Valley is still operating under the rules and values I described nearly three years ago.
    • People and the physical world do not operate solely by the rules of deductive logic, therefore deductive logic is insufficient to solve problems in the real world.
    • Over here, the estate agent is governed by very strict rules, regulations.
    • The proposals are the latest in a number of regulations involving the rules governing the supply and use of fireworks.
    • In your home, your house rules dictate who says and does what.
    • To get through it unscathed, we all have to play by our own rules as much as possible.
    • There are strict rules and regulations governing these types of events.
    • Homicide detectives follow some pretty straightforward rules in murder investigations.
    • Both parents agreed that Alana requires structure and discipline, rules and guidance.
    • It is a descriptive fact that some people do eat peas with a knife, just as many speakers of English do not follow the rules of prescriptive grammars.
    • He said he did not understand the document explaining rules and procedures for taxi drivers from the council.
    • These managers rode roughshod over the rules that govern corporate activity and betrayed the trust of the investors.
    • Competition was artificial, and took place according to codes of rules and the conventions of fair play.
    • Evidently you, your editor, and your organization do not operate under the same rules of journalism.
    • Help them understand that their rules and regulations are a bit severe.
    • In any market-place, buyers and sellers need rules which govern their conduct and prevent abuses of their respective positions.
    • Every Hollywood blockbuster operates by these rules to some extent, but few, if any push this style to this extreme.
    • A broadway parish councillor is urging his fellow members to rethink a controversial new rule, which he feels limits a villager's opportunity to be heard.
    • They will explore issues such as discipline, rules, playing with their child and rewarding for good behaviour.
    • There have to be some rules which govern procedures of courts.
    • One can demonstrate to skeptics the explicit rules which govern a skill, or a game, but not those which govern an art.
    • It is not possible to lay down rigid rules, as each case will depend on its own circumstances.
    • As a result, water is now subject to the same rules and regulations governing other commodities, such as oil and natural gas.
    • Clay also has rules - discipline - which must be followed initially, as you are learning to work with the medium.
    • Once again, we cannot want a world that operates by these rules - but that is the world we would be promoting.
    • A spokesman for the facility said that under the rules and regulations governing prison staff the accused cannot be suspended from duty.
    • There are certain things that enhance health, including the maintenance of basic rules of hygiene, religious practices and respecting norms of behaviour.
    • The first rule for controlling rose diseases is prevention.
  • 2

    (general practice, habit)
    the general rule is that I get home first por regla general / generalmente soy yo quien llega primero a casa
    • corruption seems to be the rule these days la corrupción parece ser la norma hoy en día
    • One lorry contained some very fine items of bedroom and sitting room furniture at good prices but this was the exception rather than the rule on the day.
    • Organizations that face trying conditions with catastrophic potential have now become the rule rather than the exception.
    • Starvation is mercifully the exception rather than the rule - when it still exists, it is the result of social inequality rather than an absolute failure to produce food.
    • As with other forms of prejudice such stereotypes are largely false - for example, it is the exception rather than the rule for older people to become confused.
    • Nor does it rule out individual cases of badly managed towns; it just means they are the exception, rather than the rule.
    • Meldrew and Greengrass, though, are the exceptions rather than the rule, she says.
    • It's become the norm rather than the rule, and it does nothing to enhance the credibility of the medical profession.
    • Ben is putting more controls in place so that this sort of thing stays an exception to the rule, rather than the norm.
    • Mallatt argues that such internal arches were the rule, rather than the exception, despite the lack of specific fossil evidence.
    • But York is the exception rather than the rule, Mr Hinchliffe says.
    • Guilt is the reference to the rule or norm and the implied or stated fact that the child is bad for not adhering to it.
    • Those digital tools still represent the exception rather than the rule, but old media is finally beginning to put new media to work on real audience needs.
    • At first it was optional but soon it became a habit and finally the rule.
    • There was a time, decades ago, when third-level education was the exception rather than the rule in Irish society; that is no longer the case.
    • In the study of environmental toxins, the causation of diverse effects is usually the rule rather than the exception.
    • From what I hear from patients everyday, you would think that fast and abstinence is the rule rather than exception.
    • Knowing the results show most are late, we hope less stigma is attached to finishing late, as it is the rule rather than the exception.
    • In the history of art they are the rule rather than the exception.
    • To date this has been the exception rather than the rule, resulting in children becoming therapeutic orphans sometimes with tragic consequences.
    • Signals, carriages and engines all need major upgrading while delays, derailments and breakdowns are the rule rather than the exception.
  • 3

    (government) gobierno masculine
    (of monarch) reinado masculine
    it was under foreign/Ottoman rule estaba bajo dominio extranjero/bajo el dominio otomano
    • they moved from military to civilian rule pasaron de un gobierno militar a uno civil
    • the rule of the Tudors el reinado de los Tudor
    • There is no stipulation of a time limit for US political rule and economic control over the country's resources.
    • Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 BC was followed by the development of imperial rule, headed by the first emperor, Augustus.
    • They held great power, and the British, while in control of the country, allowed for local rule in remote areas.
    • However, more than 500 years of Muslim rule in the area left a lasting legacy.
    • However the price that had to be paid, was a strict and oppressive rule that controlled even the most trivial things of everyday's life.
    • Democracy has been conveniently thrown out the door and in its wake imperialist and dictatorial rule reign supreme.
    • After a century of colonial rule and decades of control by the South African apartheid government, Namibians were given a chance to elect their own leader.
    • The uprising against imperial rule went on for many years until Numancia was finally besieged and burned to the ground.
    • Ulster was always the largest area under Gaelic rule since medieval times.
    • During the later stages of British rule it had exercised considerable administrative independence.
    • It puts the Republicans in a strange position, because they are in favor of local control and local rule, and here it is on television, local democracy in action.
    • Frustrated residents have formed a new group to try to win back a ‘no-go area’ from yob rule.
    • The invasion was preceded by a concerted press campaign demonising the Spanish for their tyrannical and brutal colonial rule.
    • We found that there were many countries in the area where Soviet rule had either banned music or modified instruments.
    • During its sixty years of colonial rule, Britain controlled the population by fomenting regional and ethnic divisions.
    • During the decades of Soviet rule, the government controlled the economy.
    • When independence was declared in 1962, the area reverted to Tutsi rule.
    • Three years later Ieyasu established the Tokugawa shogunate at Edo that would last until the re-establishment of imperial rule in 1868.
    • But then, if you remember - it was salt-making that Gandhi chose as his first symbolic challenge to British imperial rule over India.
    • Lasting only ten months before Spain resumed control, Britain's rule was of short duration.
  • 4

    regla feminine
    • The plastic template contains rules, measures and a hole-punching guide.
    • Bench rules were often made of maple, log and board rules of hickory, and blacksmith's rules and counter measures of brass.
    • When there are bubbles, cut into the veneer with a sharp razor blade using a steel rule for guidance.
    • Use a rule and a sharp pencil and move rule and pencil along the wall to give a pencil line on the paper.
    • Using pen and rule, draw a rectangle or square on top of the book you want to alter.

transitive verb

  • 1

    (govern, control)
    (country) gobernar
    (country) administrar
    (person) dominar
    (emotion) controlar
    you mustn't let that rule your life no debes permitir que tu vida quede supeditada a eso
    • Let's hope that Congress exercises some sensible judgement today and doesn't let emotion rule the day.
    • While it's true that people can be lucky and do win on hunches, too many passive players consistently let impulse rule their responses.
    • If we allow fear to rule our lives, to govern our travel plans, our ambitions and hopes, then they have won.
    • But Amanda was tired of being ruled by her fear and guilt.
    • Many powers have ruled the land, under many different names.
    • Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, and Byzantine Greeks successively ruled the area.
    • During this period, Byzantine art flourished in many areas no longer ruled by the emperor.
    • Beginning in the 10th century, they were ruled by a line of sacred kings and queens called the Tu'i Tonga.
    • This provided a defensive stronghold for the Prince Bishops of Durham, who for centuries ruled the area with their own armies, courts and coinage.
    • The boy had about as much sense as his mother, letting his passions rule him instead of his head.
    • Previous governments had ended quickly and violently, the people wanted to be ruled over by a single capable man.
    • The House of Saud has ruled Saudi Arabia since the country's founding in 1932.
    • For over 650 years, a Muslim government based in Delhi ruled much of the area that makes up modern Pakistan.
    • Too often investors will let their emotions rule their investment decisions with disastrous results.
    • Now at the peak of his power, he ruled three quarters of the Welsh population.
    • But the Ruthenians of Galicia had no wish to be ruled over by Poles and drew close to the Czechs in defence of Austro-Slavism.
    • I felt that the entire environment at the university was ruled by fear and intimidation by the faculty, and some of the professors were very unkind to people like me who were struggling to keep up.
    • Embarrassment and anger ruled her actions now.
    • Although Polyneices is next in line to rule Thebes, Eteocles claims the throne for himself with the support of Creon and exiles his brother.
    • Essentially, nobody knew what was going on, and emotions were ruling some heads that should have been kept cooler.
    • He knew what he was doing and he wasn't going to let anger rule him.
    • Other ethnic groups joined them to form the three kingdoms that ruled the area before the arrival of Europeans: the Kongo, Loango, and Teke.
    • The Turkish Ottoman Empire took control in 1516 and ruled the area for four hundred years.
    • Ancient Egypt declined, was overrun and thereafter ruled by foreign powers.
    • This expansion into Welsh territory led to the establishment of the March of Wales, an area previously ruled by the Welsh kings.
    • I always seemed to let my emotions rule me and I couldn't follow my heart this time, because for once I didn't know what my heart wanted.
    • But one club is booming - a place where nostalgia rules and lager is the drug of choice.
    • So that means that for five of the last eight years, all-powerful, unelected leaders have ruled over us.
    • The ‘obsessional’ type, ruled by the super-ego, was ruled by fear of the naggings of conscience.
    • She knew letting the grief rule her would get her nowhere, but she didn't care.
    • For centuries, Libya was ruled by foreign powers.
    • With eight games remaining and only two away, the team's destiny is in their own hands but they must learn from this experience and not let complacency rule the day.
    • His actions had confused her entirely, and in the end, she had let fear rule her actions.
    • Having been ruled by foreign powers since the sixteenth century, Moldova declared its independence on 27 August 1991.
    • There are times when you'll have every right to be angry, but you should never let that emotion rule you, or guide you.
    • After a brief, initial fascination, the town quickly turns against the boy, and hysteria rules the day.
    • By the end of the eighteenth century, a Turkish tribe called the Qajars ruled the area now known as Iran.
    • This group ruled the area during the eighth and ninth centuries.
    • By using food to fix our draggy moods and low energy, we're letting our emotions rule our bodies, and we're getting fatter in the bargain.
    • The man was a rock, and never let his emotions rule what he said or how he acted or reacted.
  • 2

    the committee ruled that there were no grounds for dismissal la comisión dictaminó que no había causal de despido
    • On April 26, the Tokyo District Court ruled that the plaintiffs' rights of freedom of religion have not been violated by the visits.
    • The trial judge ruled that contributory negligence was not a defence to the claims in negligent misrepresentation and fraud and excluded this evidence.
    • But he ruled that the High Court order breached the principle of the separation of powers and would unduly restrict the Government in developing child care policy.
    • In February 2000 a High Court judge ruled that Johnson was insane and incapable of deciding to end his life.
    • Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal drug laws trump policies in ten states that permit medicinal marijuana use.
    • In a case decided in 1950 the Brussels Court Martial had already ruled that torture in time of armed conflict was prohibited by a customary international law rule.
    • A burglar whose release from jail was delayed for 21 days after he tested positive for drugs is taking his battle to the court of appeal after a High Court judge ruled that the penalty should stand.
    • Nearly simultaneously, however, a federal district court ruled that an Ohio city could be sued for discriminatory effects.
    • The plaintiff succeeded at trial, but the Court of Appeal ruled that the judge had erred in leaving the case to the jury.
    • The court ruled that the detainees were legally analogous to German prisoners captured on the battlefield in World War II.
    • Lewis and Cox were both in the courtroom when the court ruled that each state district had to have roughly the same number of people.
    • By majority opinion the appeal court judges ruled that wire tapping prohibitions apply to messages in temporary storage because this stage is integral to the communications process.
    • Richards has since stated that he would hold his hand on appointing the tribunal until the courts ruled on the judicial review motion.
    • A state appellate court ruled that federal law pre-empted the state claims.
    • The magistrates' court ruled that it had no power to determine whether Mr Ferris had been liable to pay child support maintenance.
    • However, the judge ruled that the jury should be discharged and so it was.
    • The appeal court upheld the High Court judge's ruling that the benefits of vaccination outweighed the risks.
    • Contrary to submissions made by the plaintiff, I rule that the defendants are parties to the action.
    • In 1996, a federal district court ruled that such inequities do exist.
    • After putting certain further questions to the appellant, the judge ruled that he had waived privilege.
  • 3

    (line) trazar con una regla
    ruled paper papel con renglones masculine
    • A workhorse of a machine was busy feeding a swath of yellow paper from one of these rolls, mechanically ruling the paper with calibrated pins dipped in blue ink.
    • Written on ruled paper, the letter was found in a pile of papers at the Greens's home in Gloucestershire.
    • Robin got a map from the Land Office with a lot of lines ruled on it, from which the position of our holding could be deduced.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(govern)

      (monarch) reinar
      to rule over sb reinar sobre algn
      • United rules OK ¡viva / arriba (el) United!

    • 1.2(predominate, be current)

      • But if you visit The Venue on other than a weekend night, when music rules supreme, you will find though that there is more to this pub than just music.
      • However, in Sligo it would appear the pedestrians rule supreme.
      • In particular, the logic of the gold mines seemed to rule supreme.
      • The Springboks continue to rule supreme as the world's rugby champions.
      • The libidinal spirit of fun rules supreme in these small acrylic canvasses.
      • Dealing with gay life in Parisian society as no work before or since has ever done, A la Recherche laid bare a world in which sexual fluidity ruled supreme.
      • But if the market ruled supreme in theory during the 1980s and 1990s, reality was different.
      • The end of the twentieth century, with the collapse of the Stalinist states, seemed to usher in an era where democracy would rule supreme.
      • Fauvism was the first movement of this modern period, in which color ruled supreme.
      • National Hunt racing rules supreme in this country.
      • Under prohibition, drugs are controlled by the law of the jungle in which some of the worst criminals on the face of the earth rule supreme.
      • In the days when horse power ruled supreme on farms, the powerful Shire breed was the usual one in South Westmorland and North Lancashire.
      • In Boston, for example, where German romanticism ruled supreme, German immigration remained at bay.
      • League leaders Warton dropped their first points of the season thanks to rain ruling supreme on Saturday.
      • Even in India, its birthplace, where it has been ruling supreme for the last 3,000 years, it has not been able to permeate the masses.
      • What does an honorable man do in times when dishonor rules supreme?
      • In this film, death rules supreme, with the plot simply tracing an endless cycle of annihilation, utterly unredeemed by any intent or outcome.
      • He excelled in an era when the manager ruled totally.
      • A little further uptown is Lesbomonde, where the ladies rule supreme.
      • Terror becomes total when it becomes independent of all opposition; it rules supreme when nobody any longer stands in its way.

  • 2

    to rule on sth en algo
    • the court is expected to rule (on the case) this week se espera que el tribunal falle / resuelva (en el caso) esta semana
    • to rule against/in favor of sb/sth fallar / resolver en contra/a favor de algn/algo