|1.||[ verb ] exercise authoritative control or power over|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"a good command of French"
|Related terms:||skillfulness master|
|12.||[ verb ] control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage|
"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|
"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|
: "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|
|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|
"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|