control meaning

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control verb
1. exercise authoritative control or power over
Related: command
  • "control the budget"
  • "Command the military forces"
2. (restrain) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Related: hold_in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate
  • "moderate your alcohol intake"
  • "hold your tongue"
  • "hold your temper"
  • "control your anger"
3. (test) check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
Related: verify
  • "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
4. (see) verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
  • "control an account"
control noun
1. (power) power to direct or determine
  • "under control"
2. (relation) 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"
3. (bodily_process) (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"
4. (activity) the activity of managing or exerting control over something
  • "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
5. (mechanism) a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
Related: controller
  • "the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"
  • "I turned the controls over to her"
6. (spirit) a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
7. (economic_policy) the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
  • "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
see verb
1. (verify) be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
Related: check, insure, see_to_it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure
  • "He verified that the valves were closed"
  • "See that the curtains are closed"
  • "control the quality of the product"
command noun
1. (skillfulness) great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
Related: control, mastery
  • "a good command of French"
master verb
1. (know) have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
Related: control
  • "Do you control these data?"
operate verb
1. (manipulate) handle and cause to function
Related: control
  • "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"
  • "control the lever"
restraint noun
1. (discipline) discipline in personal and social activities
Related: control
Antonyms: unrestraint
  • "he was a model of polite restraint"
  • "she never lost control of herself"
manipulate verb
1. (interact) maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage
Related: keep_in_line, control
  • "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"
restrict verb
1. (restrict) place under restrictions; limit access to by law
Related: control
Antonyms: derestrict
  • "this substance is controlled"
  • "that area is restricted to security personnel only"
dominance noun
1. (condition) the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
Related: ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, control
  • "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"
control_condition noun
1. (criterion) a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment
Related: control
  • "the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw"
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