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 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 Yet a seismic shift such as closing down these markets altogether might not be the answer to better controlling disease in the long term, experts say. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Coronavirus, bird flu, swine fever: Why China is still so susceptible to disease outbreaks," 6 Feb. 2020 Steve Cohen, the hedge fund billionaire, is in the process of buying a controlling share of the team from the families of Fred and Jeff Wilpon, and of Saul Katz. Ronald Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Mets stay silent on new manager Carlos Beltrán's future," 15 Jan. 2020 Shorey’s death occurred about 16 months before Whataburger’s founding family — the Dobsons — agreed to sell a controlling stake in the burger chain to Chicago investment firm BDT Capital Partners for an undisclosed price. Patrick Danner,, "Whataburger faces wrongful-death lawsuit by worker’s family," 31 Jan. 2020 Fairway’s lenders—the hedge fund Brigade Capital Management and Goldman Sachs & Co.’s credit arm—who also own a controlling stake, have continued to provide access to ample cash to keep the business running, said a person familiar with the matter. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York-Based Fairway Market Prepares for Bankruptcy Filing," 22 Jan. 2020 Sodiam, the trading arm of the Angolan state diamond company, and Dokolo, dos Santos’ husband, acquired a controlling stake in de Grisogono. Ben Hallman, Quartz Africa, "How Western advisers helped an autocrat’s daughter amass and shield a fortune," 19 Jan. 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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19 May 2020

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“Controlling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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