Control - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kənˈtrəʊl|  American pronunciation of the word control
Brit.  |kənˈtrəʊl|  British pronunciation of the word control


- 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 (syn: ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance)
- discipline in personal and social activities (syn: restraint)
she never lost control of herself
- great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity (syn: command, mastery)
- a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine (syn: controller)
the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly
I turned the controls over to her
- 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 (syn: command)
control the budget
- lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits (syn: check, contain, curb, hold, hold in, moderate)
control your anger
- handle and cause to function (syn: operate)
control the lever
- maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage (syn: manipulate)
She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up
- check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard (syn: verify)
Are you controlling for the temperature?
- place under restrictions; limit access to by law (syn: restrict)
this substance is controlled
- verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
control an account
- be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something (syn: ascertain, assure, check, ensure, insure, see)
control the quality of the product
- have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of (syn: master)
Do you control these data?

Extra examples

The parents could not control their child.

The police controlled the crowd.

The small boy could not control the big dog.

Her family controls the business.

One country controls the whole island.

The rebel army now controls nearly half the country.

The lights on stage are controlled by this computer.

She struggled to control the cart as it rolled before her down the steep, bumpy road.

He controlled the volume by turning the radio's knob.

A thermostat controls the room's temperature.

The city wanted local control of education.

The tribes fought for control over the territory.

He took control of the family farm.

She hired an accountant to take control of her money.

He lost all muscle control in his left arm.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: control
he/she/it: controls
present participle: controlling
past tense: controlled
past participle: controlled
singular: control
plural: controls
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