- rule out
- verb1. make impossible, especially beforehand (Freq. 6)• Verb Frames:-
Something ——s something2. dismiss from consideration or a contest (Freq. 1)-
John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi-
This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something-
Somebody ——s somebody3. include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules (Freq. 1)• Syn: ↑rule in• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something
* * *[verb]exclude, ban, debar, dismiss, disqualify, eliminate, leave out, preclude, prohibit, reject
* * *transitive verb1.a. : to exclude or eliminate
was ruled out on a technicality that required members to be experienced lawyers — Current Biographyb. : to eliminate as a possibility
a positive diagnosis can be made only after ruling out gastric and duodenal ulcer — H.G.Armstrong2. : to make impossible : prevent
* * *rule outTo exclude as a choice or possibility• • •Main Entry: ↑rule
* * *ˌrule ˈout [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they rule out he/she/it rules out present participle ruling out past tense ruled out past participle ruled out] phrasal verbto stop considering something as a possibility
The president has ruled out the use of US troops.
Police said arson could not be ruled out.Thesaurus: to refuse to think about, believe or accept somethingsynonymMain entry: rule
* * *rule out [phrasal verb]1 rule (someone or something) out or rule out (someone or something) : to no longer consider (someone or something) as a possibility after careful thought or study
There are some diseases your doctor will want to rule out before making a diagnosis.2 rule (something) out or rule out (something) : to make (something) impossible : to prevent (something) from happening
The bad weather ruled out a picnic.
(chiefly Brit) She has been ruled out of today's game with a broken thumb.• • •Main Entry: ↑rule
Useful english dictionary. 2012.