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control

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1 a mechanism for adjusting the operation of a device, machine, or system
  • the controls for the player are well marked

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2 the ability to direct the course of something
  • after the tail fell off, the plane went out of the pilot's control
  • firefighters keeping control of the blaze

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3 the act or activity of looking after and making decisions about something
  • control of manufacturing operations was given to a new manager with fresh ideas

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4 the fact or state of having (something) at one's disposal
  • took control of the process of selecting candidates for the scholarship

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5 the right or means to command or control others
  • teachers are responsible for the students under their control

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control

verb

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1 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • you must learn to control your temper

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2 to gain emotional or mental control of
  • he controlled himself only with the greatest difficulty in the face of his opponent's insulting remarks

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3 to exercise authority or power over
  • circumstances often control the choices we make in life

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4 to look after and make decisions about
  • during the period that she controlled the company it was highly profitable

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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

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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

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The first known use of control was in 1523

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“Control.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/control. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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