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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
This episode has revealed your husband’s deep insecurity, expressed in his effort to repress, manipulate and control you.
Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 21 Nov. 2022 This episode has revealed your husband’s deep insecurity, expressed in his effort to repress, manipulate and control you.
Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 21 Nov. 2022 This episode has revealed your husband’s deep insecurity, expressed in his effort to repress, manipulate and control you.
Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 This episode has revealed your husband’s deep insecurity, expressed in his effort to repress, manipulate, and control you. Q.
Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2022 This episode has revealed your husband’s deep insecurity, expressed in his effort to repress, manipulate and control you.
Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 By studying these super fast processes, physicists hope to eventually be able to control them—and potentially exploit them—for new technologies.WIRED, 18 Nov. 2022 For now, scientists are still working to understand CAM well enough to control it.
Kurt Kleiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2022 Kids can get the foundations of coding with this robot, which lets kids control it with voice commands that explore loops, commands, events and sequences.
Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022
This time around, only one seat is up for grabs, and Democrats have already locked in Senate control (though a 51st Senator would make their lives that much easier).
Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2022 Russian forces have used the spit to launch missile, drone and artillery strikes that have hammered the city of Mykolaiv, which remains in Ukrainian control but has suffered under heavy Russian fire throughout the war.
Jared Malsin, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 Five months ago, Bob Chapek seemed firmly in control.Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 While many local churches joined the newly independent church branch, others remained within the one still answering to Moscow — and still in control of the Monastery of the Caves.
Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 The new 5-4 council makeup will leave Republicans (including newcomer Sheldon Stewart) still in control but unable to override any potential veto from Wilson, at least in a party-line vote.
Blake Apgar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 Organization can help quash feelings of dread about the future, a cornerstone of anxiety — and simplifying upcoming deadlines, personal commitments, and appointments in a single place can help promote a feeling of being in control.
Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 21 Nov. 2022 Mark Hoffman, Garden Homes’ director of development, said Prologis is in control of the building process and would take the lead on community concerns.oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022 The sophomore guard drained her fourth 3-pointer with ease to put UConn back in control.
Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 20 Nov. 2022 See More
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Verb and Noun
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
: 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 alsocontrol experiment
: one (as an organism, culture, or group) that is part of a control