control

verb
con·trol | \ kən-ˈtrōl \
controlled; controlling

Definition of control 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a archaic : to check, test, or verify by evidence or experiments

b : to incorporate suitable controls in a controlled experiment

2a : to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate control one's anger

b : to have power over : rule A single company controls the industry.

c : to reduce the incidence or severity of especially to innocuous levels control an insect population control a disease

intransitive verb

: to incorporate controls in an experiment or study used with for control for socioeconomic differences

control

noun, often attributive

Definition of control (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of controlling also : power or authority to guide or manage He took control of the family business.

b : skill in the use of a tool, instrument, technique, or artistic medium a singer's control of her voice

c : the regulation of economic activity especially by government directive usually used in plural price controlsrent controls

d : the ability of a baseball pitcher to control the location of a pitch within the strike zone

2 : restraint, reserve exercised control of his passions

3 : one that controls: such as

a(1) : 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 also control experiment

(2) : one (such as an organism, culture, or group) that is part of a control

b : a device or mechanism used to regulate or guide the operation of a machine, apparatus, or system the controls of the aircraft

c : an organization that directs a spaceflight mission control

d : a personality or spirit believed to actuate the utterances or performances of a spiritualist medium

4 or less commonly Control : control key

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Other words from control

Verb

controllability \kən-ˌtrō-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
controllable \kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl \ adjective
controlment \kən-ˈtrōl-mənt \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for control

Verb

conduct, manage, control, direct mean to use one's powers to lead, guide, or dominate. conduct implies taking responsibility for the acts and achievements of a group. conducted negotiations manage implies direct handling and manipulating or maneuvering toward a desired result. manages a meat market control implies a regulating or restraining in order to keep within bounds or on a course. controlling his appetite direct implies constant guiding and regulating so as to achieve smooth operation. directs the store's day-to-day business

Noun

power, authority, jurisdiction, control, command, sway, dominion mean the right to govern or rule or determine. 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

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Luka Modric has coolly controlled matches in Russia with his graceful play in the middle. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Mbappe's France face Croatia's Modric for the World Cup title," 14 July 2018 Community Benefit District corporations would be privately initiated and controlled, their one-time local approval the merest lipstick of operating under color of law. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?," 13 July 2018 Through one such drug, Avonex, taken weekly, Lipton could control her symptoms. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 France won the tie 1-0 thanks to a set piece goal from Samuel Umtiti, but Les Bleus also controlled the game and shut down Belgium after the Red Devils had started the game brighter. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Praises 'Mature' Performance by Paul Pogba in France's World Cup Semifinal," 11 July 2018 In 2014, Scott also used $6.4 million of the assets from his blind trust, which was matched by $6.4 million from funds his wife controlled, to get re-elected. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction. How 'blind' is his blind trust?," 11 July 2018 Movement is much more highly controlled, for security purposes. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "SCI Phoenix, Pennsylvania's costliest prison, finally opens," 11 July 2018 It also will be outfitted with multicolored lights, and both the jets and lights can be controlled remotely. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "New Tinley Park fountain on tap," 5 July 2018 The boxes are environmentally controlled and notify 911 when a baby is placed in one. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Baby is abandoned at fire department, which is what the firefighters want," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Human Rights Watch has warned of the risk of executions by the Syrian government in Eastern Ghouta and other areas that come under its control. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Syria’s Former Rebel Strongholds Endure as Assad Regime Reasserts Control," 12 July 2018 But in the end, the power to change online culture is not reliant solely on our ability to engage or explain, but on something outside of our control: whether or not the other person can open their heart and listen. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 The fire was under control 10 minutes after it was reported and was isolated to a 30-by-30-foot area of rubber playground mulch and equipment, Scheunemann said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Playground fire at Mountain View school draws arson investigation," 12 July 2018 The two have been locked in a legal battle, as the board of CBS has attempted to strip Redstone’s family investment arm, National Amusements Inc., of its voting control in the media company. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Billionaire summer camp begins in Sun Valley," 11 July 2018 Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox boosted its bid for Sky Plc, topping a rival offer from Comcast in the battle for control of Britain’s top pay-TV company. Bloomberg, Fortune, "The Stakes Just Got Higher in the 21st Century Fox v. Comcast Battle for Sky," 11 July 2018 Republicans have also used their monolithic control of government to erect structural defenses. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 One man is dead after a fight for control of a gun at campsite on the Owyhee River, according to a Malheur County Sheriff's Office press release. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "Man shot and killed after struggle over firearm at Owyhee River campsite," 10 July 2018 The study highlights the important role birds play in keeping plant-eating insect populations under control, researchers say. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of control

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for control

Verb

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

Noun

see control entry 1

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The first known use of control was in 1523

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control

verb

English Language Learners Definition of control

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to direct the behavior of (a person or animal) : to cause (a person or animal) to do what you want

: to have power over (something)

: to direct the actions or function of (something) : to cause (something) to act or function in a certain way

control

noun

English Language Learners Definition of control (Entry 2 of 2)

: the power to make decisions about how something is managed or done

: the ability to direct the actions of someone or something

: an action, method, or law that limits the amount or growth of something

control

verb
con·trol | \ kən-ˈtrōl \
controlled; controlling

Kids Definition of control

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to have power over "Ah, gods, plural, as in, great beings that control the forces of nature and human endeavors…" —Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

2 : to direct the actions or behavior of Police can control a crowd.

3 : to keep within bounds : restrain Learn to control your temper.

4 : to direct the function of How do you control this machine?

control

noun

Kids Definition of control (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the power or authority to manage The city wanted local control of education.

2 : ability to keep within bounds or direct the operation of The fire is out of control. He lost control of the car.

3 : self-restraint I lost control and started yelling.

4 : regulation sense 2 price controls

5 : a device used to start, stop, or change the operation of a machine or system a radio control

6 : something that is not treated or exposed to testing in an experiment in order to serve as a comparison to others that have undergone treatment or exposure

control

verb
con·trol | \ kən-ˈtrōl \
controlled; controlling

Medical Definition of control 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to incorporate suitable controls in a controlled experiment

2 : to reduce the incidence or severity of especially to innocuous levels control an insect population a vaccine for controlling outbreaks of cholera

intransitive verb

: to incorporate controls in an experiment or study used with for failure to control for the difference in the rate of smoking between the two groups —Howard Bauchner et al

control

noun

Medical Definition of control (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of controlling something control of acute intermittent porphyria

2 : one that is used in controlling something: as

a : 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 also control experiment

b : one (as an organism, culture, or group) that is part of a control

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control

transitive verb
con·trol
controlled; controlling

Legal Definition of control 

1 : to exercise restraining or directing influence over especially by law

2 : to have power or authority over precedent controls the outcome in this case

3 : to have controlling interest in

Other words from control

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