to rule out
- transitive To cross an item out by drawing a straight line through it, as with a ruler.
- transitive To reject an option from a list of possibilities.
#:As John Doe had an alibi, the police were able to rule him out as a suspect.
- transitive To make something impossible.
#:The constant rain ruled out any chance of a game of tennis.
(reject): eliminate, reject
(make impossible): preclude
(reject): consider, rule in
(make impossible): allow
trans-top|to make something impossible
Category:English phrasal verbs