power implies possession of ability to wield force, authority, or influence.
the power to mold public opinion
authority implies power for a specific purpose within specified limits.
granted the authority to manage her estate
jurisdiction applies to official power exercised within prescribed limits.
the bureau having jurisdiction over parks
control stresses the power to direct and restrain.
you are responsible for the students under your control
command implies the power to make arbitrary decisions and compel obedience.
the army officer in command
sway suggests the extent of exercised power or influence.
the empire extended its sway over the region
dominion stresses sovereign power or supreme authority.
given dominion over all the animals
Examples of control in a Sentence
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. Noun
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.
The soccer player showed good control of the ball.
a teacher with good control of her students
The farmer used an organic pest control on his crops.
To cut down on competition, the government passed price controls on prescription drugs.
The President wants stricter controls on immigration. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
According to the nonprofit's bylaws, the housing authority has the right to control the nonprofit's operations through the appointment and removal of board members.—Joseph Flaherty, arkansasonline.com, 1 Dec. 2023 End-to-end soccer might be great for the neutral, but the Catalan coach believes winning is about controlling the game.—Zak Garner-Purkis, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Technically, the property was acquired in August of 2020 for not quite $2.7 million by a family trust controlled by Busch Jr.’s father, William K. Busch, aka Billy Busch Sr.—Mark David, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Since then, Conservative Party eminences have lined up to denounce his bid — often in essays published by newspapers controlled by Mr. Zucker’s rivals — and Tory members of Parliament urged regulators to consider the constraints on press freedoms in the Middle East.—Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 OpenAI’s corporate structure, which has a nonprofit board controlling the for-profit company, will also be changed, Altman and new board chair Bret Taylor said in memos to employees, later posted on OpenAI’s website.—Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 Microsoft is a major investor in OpenAI, with a 49 percent stake in the for-profit entity that the nonprofit board controls.—Alex Heath, The Verge, 30 Nov. 2023 Select Battery Health & Charging, and then Charging Optimization, to control how your phone charges up.—WIRED, 19 Nov. 2023 Advertisement Grossmont won the trenches on both sides of the ball and controlled the game from start to finish.—Richard J. Marcus, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023
Coercive control is not a criminal offense in Arizona.—Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 But the Pogues finally cut him loose in 1991, as his drinking and drugging blew out of control.—Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 There’s also a six-person Jacuzzi on the sun deck, a state-of-the-art AV sound system with iPad controls, and DJ deck on the aft deck.—Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 1 Dec. 2023 An Indian security official with knowledge of the developments rejected the idea that any plot was officially sanctioned, and said that Indian agencies have strong controls to avoid rogue elements.—Hari Kumar, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Those standards, after all, are designed to ensure that specific security controls are in place.—Brian Contos, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The diplomat exercised an unparalleled control over U.S. international affairs and policymaking.—Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 Open the Control Center by swiping down from the top right of the screen, then tap the AirPlay icon (the upward arrow and two circles) next to the playback controls—when your HomePod shows up in the list, tap on it to connect.—David Nield, Popular Science, 30 Nov. 2023 Explore Gloria Trevi See latest videos, charts and news
However, for the first time, the Mexican hitmaker is seizing control of her narrative, through the groundbreaking bioseries Ellas Soy Yo.—Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 20 Nov. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English countrollen, from Anglo-French contrerouler, from contreroule copy of an account, audit, from Medieval Latin contrarotulus, from Latin contra- + Medieval Latin rotulus roll — more at roll
: an experiment in which the subjects are treated as in a parallel experiment except for omission of the procedure or agent under test and which is used as a standard of comparison in judging experimental effects
called alsocontrol experiment
: one (as an organism, culture, or group) that is part of a control
: to exercise restraining or directing influence over especially by law