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Rule, vb. 1) intr. a) to have command, to exercise supreme authority: H6A IV, 1, 111. H6B II, 4, 44. V, 1, 6. R3 II, 3, 29. Cor. III, 1, 40. Lr. V, 3, 320. Oth. V, 2, 332. Per. II, 4, 38. With “over:” H5 I, 2, 226. H6B IV, 4, 16. V, 1, 104.
b) to prevail, to decide, to give the casting vote: “let senses r.” H5 II, 3, 51. “away with scrupulous wit! now arms must r.” H6C IV, 7, 61. “if Cassius might have --d,” Caes. V, 1, 47.
2) tr. a) to command, to govern, to have dominion over: “there be that can r. Naples as well as he,” Tp. II, 1, 262. “we'll do thee homage and be --d by thee,” Gent. IV, 1, 66. Merch. II, 2, 23. Merch. II, 2, 23 H6A V, 5, 107. H6A V, 5, 107 H6B I, 1, 109 (cf. Roast). V, 1, 94. R3 I, 1, 62. II, 3, 29. Caes. II, 1, 147. Lr. II, 4, 150. Oth. II, 3, 205.
b) to control, to bridle, to restrain: never woman yet could r. them (tongues) “both,” Ven. 1008. “let reason r. things worthy blame,” Pilgr. 301. canst not r. her, Wint. II, <*>, Pilgr. 301 Pilgr. 301 “canst not r. a traitor,” H6B V, 1, 95. “an army cannot r. 'em,” H8 V, 4, 81. “you being their mouths, why r. you not their teeth?” Cor. III, 1, 36. Cor. III, 1, 36 “close delations working from the heart that passion cannot r.” Oth. III, 3, 124.
c) to prevail on, to persuade; used only passively; to be --d == to follow another's advice: “I trust you will be --d by your father,” Ado II, 1, 54. “would thou'ldst be --d by me,” Tw. IV, 1, 68. “had they been --d by me,” H4B IV, 3, 72. H6A III, 3, 8. H6C III, 2, 30. Rom. III, 4, 13. Hml. IV, 7, 60. Hml. IV, 7, 60 Oftenest in the imperative: “be --d by me,” Ven. 673. Wiv. I, 1, 72. Meas. IV, 6, 4. Err. III, 1, 94. John II, 377. R2 I, 1, 152. H6A I, 4, 5. Troil. II, 3, 268. Cor. III, 2, 90. Tit. I, 442. Rom. I, 1, 231. Hml. I, 4, 81. Oth. II, 1, 270. Per. II, 5, 83.
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