power to direct or determine
under control
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
(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
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
the activity of managing or exerting control over something
the control of the mob by the police was admirable
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
discipline in personal and social activities
he was a model of polite restraint|she never lost control of herself
Synonym: restraint
great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
a good command of French
Synonym: command, mastery
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: controller
a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls
exercise authoritative control or power over
control the budget|Command the military forces
Synonym: command
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
handle and cause to function
do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol|control the lever
Synonym: operate
maintain influence over (others or oneself) 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
check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
Are you controlling for the temperature?
Synonym: verify
place under restrictions; limit access to by law
this substance is controlled|that area is restricted to security personnel only
Synonym: restrict
verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
control an account
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
have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
Do you control these data?
Synonym: master