con·​trol·​ling | \ kən-ˈtrō-liŋ How to pronounce controlling (audio) \

Definition of controlling

: inclined to control others' behavior : domineering

Examples of controlling in a Sentence

She is very strict and controlling. The larger bank remained the controlling party when it took over the smaller banks. He paid over 40 million dollars for a controlling interest in the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web Lithuanian officials, for instance, have been resisting China's attempts to secure a controlling stake in a port on the Baltic Sea. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "China aims to control ports and shipping lanes in Europe and the Arctic," 1 July 2020 Live Nation, the world's largest live events company, has a controlling stake in FPC Live, but FPC continues to operate as an independent company. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Before coronavirus, Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum was one of the top-grossing concert venues in the world," 30 June 2020 Less than a year earlier, the county store and restaurant chain purchased a $140 million non-controlling stake in Punch Bowl Social. cleveland, "Punch Bowl Social to reopen Flats location July 13," 29 June 2020 Brazilian middle-market investor TreeCorp Investimentos acquired a controlling stake in Cabana Burger as the coronavirus pandemic hit the chain, but cost cuts and a shift to delivery helped restore revenue and profit. Luis Garcia, WSJ, "Brazil’s TreeCorp Shores Up Cabana Burger Amid Coronavirus," 25 June 2020 Competitors Sling, YouTube TV, and Hulu with Live TV (which Disney has a controlling stake in) each enjoy licenses that compete for viewers' attention. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "FuboTV’s deal with Disney makes it a force in sports streaming," 24 June 2020 UEMedical last year acquired a controlling stake in Saudi Arabia’s Al Muhaideb Dental Clinics Group in a 500 million dirham ($136 million) deal. Nicolas Parasie,, "Mubadala to Weigh Buying Jadwa’s U.A.E. Health-Care Assets," 13 May 2020 Mecca enters Ramadan with holy sites closed to visitors because of COVID-19 April 24, 202000:54 In 2018, Saudi authorities took the controlling stake in the MBC group, which is one of the biggest broadcasters in the region, according to Reuters. NBC News, "Saudi Ramadan TV dramas spark debate about ties with Israel," 24 Apr. 2020 What Felix represented prior to that was a controlling influence. Kelsea Stahler,, "Narcos: Mexico’s Showrunner Breaks Down The True Stories Behind Those Major Season 2 Twists," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of controlling

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of controlling was in 1974

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8 Jul 2020

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“Controlling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of controlling

: having a need to control other people's behavior
: having the power to control how something is managed or done
: giving someone the power to control how something is managed or done



Legal Definition of controlling

1a : exercising domination or influence the controlling principles of law
b : dispositive judgment debtor's stipulation to pay a specified amount is not controlling— J. H. Friedenthal et al.
2 : having controlling interest controlling shareholders

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