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 control control

noun

  • ( ) power to direct or determine  ( control )
    power to direct or determine
     under control
    under control
  • ( ) a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another  ( control )
    a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another
     measures for the control of disease
    measures for the control of disease
     they instituted controls over drinking on campus
    they instituted controls over drinking on campus
  • ( ) (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc  ( control )
    (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc
     the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired
    the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired
     he had lost control of his sphincters
    he had lost control of his sphincters
  • ( ) the activity of managing or exerting control over something  ( control )
    the activity of managing or exerting control over something
     the control of the mob by the police was admirable
    the control of the mob by the police was admirable
  • ( ) a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment  ( control, control condition )
    a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment
     the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw
    the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw
  • ( ) the state that exists when one person or group has power over another  ( ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance )
    the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
     her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her
    her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her
  • ( ) discipline in personal and social activities  ( control, restraint )
    discipline in personal and social activities
     he was a model of polite restraint
    he was a model of polite restraint
     she never lost control of herself
    she never lost control of herself
  • ( ) great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity  ( command, control, mastery )
    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
     a good command of French
    a good command of French
  • ( ) a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine  ( control, controller )
    a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
     the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly
    the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly
     I turned the controls over to her
    I turned the controls over to her
  • the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.  ( control )
    the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
     they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls
    they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls
  • a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance  ( control )
    a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
  • verb

  • ( ) exercise authoritative control or power over  ( command, control )
    exercise authoritative control or power over
     control the budget
    control the budget
     Command the military forces
    Command the military forces
  • ( ) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits  ( check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate )
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
     moderate your alcohol intake
    moderate your alcohol intake
     hold your tongue
    hold your tongue
     hold your temper
    hold your temper
     control your anger
    control your anger
  • ( ) handle and cause to function  ( control, operate )
    handle and cause to function
     do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol
    do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol
     control the lever
    control the lever
  • ( ) maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage  ( control, keep in line, manipulate )
    maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage
     She manipulates her boss
    She manipulates her boss
     She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up
    She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up
     The teacher knew how to keep the class in line
    The teacher knew how to keep the class in line
     she keeps in line
    she keeps in line
  • have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of  ( control, master )
    have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
     Do you control these data?
    Do you control these data?
  • be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something  ( ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it )
    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
     He verified that the valves were closed
    He verified that the valves were closed
     See that the curtains are closed
    See that the curtains are closed
     control the quality of the product
    control the quality of the product
  • verify by using a duplicate register for comparison  ( control )
    verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
     control an account
    control an account
  • place under restrictions; limit access to by law  ( control, restrict )
    place under restrictions; limit access to by law
     this substance is controlled
    this substance is controlled
     that area is restricted to security personnel only
    that area is restricted to security personnel only
  • check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard  ( control, verify )
    check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
     Are you controlling for the temperature?
    Are you controlling for the temperature?


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