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  Definition of Control
  1. the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
  2. (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"
  3. 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"
  4. discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
  5. power to direct or determine; "under control"
  6. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French"
  7. 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"
  8. the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
  9. a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
  10. 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"
  11. 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"
  12. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?"
  13. 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"
  14. verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"
  15. handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
  16. 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"
  17. exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
  18. 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"
  19. verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments; "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
Similar Words: controller, restraint, command, mastery, control condition, dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, master, see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, assure, operate, manipulate, keep in line, hold in, hold, contain, curb, moderate, verify


Hyponyms: repression, crowd control, damage control, federalization, federalisation, flight control, flood control, imperialism, regulation, regulating, internal control, regularization, regularisation, possession, ownership, power trip, riot control, riot control operations, grasping, taking hold, seizing, prehension, steering, steerage, guidance, direction, self-denial, self-discipline, self-control, traffic control, price-fixing, restraint, motor control, cruise control, dial, disk controller, governor, regulator, handwheel, joystick, switch, electric switch, electrical switch, valve, self-restraint, temperateness, temperance, moderation, inhibition, continence, authority, authorization, authorisation, dominance, say-so, hold, iron fist, rein, price control, ceiling, cap, floor, base, ascendant, ascendent, domination, mastery, supremacy, predominance, predomination, dominion, rule, absolutism, tyranny, despotism, monopoly, cinch, proofread, proof, double-check, cross-check, card, spot-check, cover, synchronize, synchronise, turn, submarine, treadle, relay, gate, pedal, drive, fly, aviate, pilot, tease, handle, ingratiate, preoccupy, steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise, hold one's own, manage, deal, care, internationalize, internationalise, hold sway, govern, regiment, monopolize, monopolise, harness, rein in, draw rein, corner, preside, dominate, master, charm, becharm, call the shots, call the tune, wear the trousers, restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle, suppress, stamp down, inhibit, subdue, conquer, curb, damp, mortify, cricify, deny, abnegate, train, catch, bate, thermostat, countercheck, counteract


Grouped Verbs: operate, determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn, check off, mark, mark off, tick off, tick, verify, master, insure, see to it, ensure, assure


Entailments: understand


Part Meronyms: experiment, experimentation


Derivational Morphology: manipulate, keep in line, operate, command, master, get the hang, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate, ascend, dominate, mastery, maestro, confirmation, verification, substantiation, checkout, check-out procedure, accountant, comptroller, controller, control condition, operation, operator, manipulator, restrainer, manipulation, use, commanding officer, commandant, commander, air force officer, moderation, moderateness, bridle


Language Translations:
Catalan: controlar   Danish: kontrol and styre  
Dutch: beheersen and controle   Finnish: hallinta  
French: contrôle and contrôler   Galician: controlar  
German: Kontrolle and kontrollieren   Greek: έλεγχος and ελέγχω  
Hebrew: לשלוט and שליטה   Hindi: niyantran  
Indonesian: kontrol   Japanese: 制御  
Kurdish: kontrol   Malay: mengawal  
Polish: kontrolować   Romanian: a comanda  
Spanish: controlar   Swedish: kontroll and kontrollera  
Telugu: నియంత్రణ and నియంత్రించు  
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