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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 pilotʼs 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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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

control

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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 opponentʼs 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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watch over

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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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