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Meaning & Definition of Control in English

English

Control

/kəntroʊl/

noun

1. Power to direct or determine

  • "Under control"
    synonym:
  • control

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • control

3. (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"
    synonym:
  • control

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • control condition
  • ,
  • control

5. The activity of managing or exerting control over something

  • "The control of the mob by the police was admirable"
    synonym:
  • control

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • dominance
  • ,
  • ascendance
  • ,
  • ascendence
  • ,
  • ascendancy
  • ,
  • ascendency
  • ,
  • control

7. Discipline in personal and social activities

  • "He was a model of polite restraint"
  • "She never lost control of herself"
    synonym:
  • restraint
  • ,
  • control

8. Great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

  • "A good command of french"
    synonym:
  • command
  • ,
  • control
  • ,
  • mastery

9. A mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

  • "The speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"
  • "I turned the controls over to her"
    synonym:
  • control
  • ,
  • controller

10. A spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

    synonym:
  • control

11. The economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.

  • "They wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
    synonym:
  • control

verb

1. Exercise authoritative control or power over

  • "Control the budget"
  • "Command the military forces"
    synonym:
  • control
  • ,
  • command

2. Lessen the intensity of

  • Temper
  • Hold in restraint
  • Hold or keep within limits
  • "Moderate your alcohol intake"
  • "Hold your tongue"
  • "Hold your temper"
  • "Control your anger"
    synonym:
  • control
  • ,
  • hold in
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • contain
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • curb
  • ,
  • moderate

3. Handle and cause to function

  • "Do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"
  • "Control the lever"
    synonym:
  • operate
  • ,
  • control

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • manipulate
  • ,
  • keep in line
  • ,
  • control

5. Check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard

  • "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
    synonym:
  • control
  • ,
  • verify

6. Verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

  • "Control an account"
    synonym:
  • control

7. Be careful or certain to do something

  • Make certain of something
  • "He verified that the valves were closed"
  • "See that the curtains are closed"
  • "Control the quality of the product"
    synonym:
  • see
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • insure
  • ,
  • see to it
  • ,
  • ensure
  • ,
  • control
  • ,
  • ascertain
  • ,
  • assure

8. Have a firm understanding or knowledge of

  • Be on top of
  • "Do you control these data?"
    synonym:
  • master
  • ,
  • control

Examples of using

Tom was unable to control his anger.
We're in control here.
You have to control yourself.