1. [ verb ] exercise authoritative control or power over
Synonyms: command

"control the budget" "Command the military forces"

Related terms: manage hold steer govern govern dominate preside steer preside monopolize hold_sway preoccupy preoccupy regiment corner harness call_the_shots internationalise charm hold_one's_own commanding_officer command command commander air_force_officer
2. [ verb ] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Synonyms: hold check curb contain hold_in moderate

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Related terms: restrain restrict restrict suppress catch countercheck train bate thermostat deny mortify damp command moderation
3. [ noun ] power to direct or determine

: "under control"

Related terms: power authority hold rein iron_fist authorization
4. [ noun ] a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another

"measures for the control of disease" "they instituted controls over drinking on campus"

Related terms: relation prevention
5. [ noun ] (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc

"the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired" "he had lost control of his sphincters"

Related terms: bodily_process motor_control physiology
6. [ verb ] handle and cause to function
Synonyms: operate

"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol" "control the lever"

Related terms: manipulate drive fly dial submarine treadle synchronise gate pedal relay turn master operator operation
7. [ noun ] a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment
Synonyms: control_condition

"the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw"

Related terms: criterion experiment
8. [ noun ] the activity of managing or exerting control over something
Synonyms: controlling

"the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

Related terms: activity possession restraint steering self-denial abstinence quality_control regulation standardization riot_control flood_control damage_control grasping inventory_control crowd_control flight_control traffic_control imperialism repression internal_control possession power_trip price-fixing federalization steering manipulate
9. [ noun ] the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
Synonyms: dominance ascendancy ascendency ascendence ascendance

"her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"

Related terms: condition dominion domination monopoly absolutism predominance regulation ascendant ascend
10. [ noun ] discipline in personal and social activities
Synonyms: restraint

"he was a model of polite restraint" "she never lost control of herself"

Related terms: unrestraint discipline inhibition continence temperance self-restraint
11. [ noun ] great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
Synonyms: mastery command

"a good command of French"

Related terms: skillfulness master
12. [ verb ] control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
Synonyms: keep_in_line manipulate

"She manipulates her boss" "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up" "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line" "she keeps in line"

Related terms: interact tease handle ingratiate controller
13. [ noun ] a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
Synonyms: controller

"the speed control on his turntable was not working properly" "I turned the controls over to her"

Related terms: mechanism switch regulator governor dial cruise_control joystick disk_controller valve handwheel operate
14. [ verb ] verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments
Synonyms: verify

: "Are you controlling for the temperature?"

Related terms: test see
15. [ noun ] a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
Related terms: spirit
16. [ verb ] be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
Synonyms: see insure check assure see_to_it ensure ascertain

"He verified that the valves were closed" "See that the curtains are closed" "control the quality of the product"

Related terms: verify cover double-check proofread cross-check cinch spot-check card determine check check
17. [ verb ] verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

"control an account"

Related terms: see accountant
18. [ verb ] have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
Synonyms: master

"Do you control these data?"

Related terms: know cinch operate understand
19. [ noun ] (economics,politics) the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.

"they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"

Related terms: economic_policy floor cap price_control
Similar spelling:   controller