Definitions for controlkənˈtroʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•trol*kənˈtroʊl(v.; n.)-trolled, -trol•ling

  1. (v.t.)to exercise restraint or direction over; dominate, regulate, or command.

  2. to hold in check; curb:

    to control one's emotions.

  3. to test or verify (a scientific experiment) by a parallel experiment or other standard of comparison.

  4. to prevent the flourishing or spread of:

    to control a forest fire.

  5. (v.i.)to exercise control.

  6. (n.)the act or power of controlling; regulation; domination or command:

    Who's in control here?

  7. check or restraint:

    My anger was under control.

  8. a legal or official means of regulation or restraint:

    wage and price controls; gun control.

  9. a standard of comparison in scientific experimentation. a person or subject that serves in such a comparison.

    Category: Laboratory Biology, Medicine

  10. a person who acts as a check; controller.

  11. a device for regulating, guiding, or directing the operation of a machine, apparatus, or vehicle.

    Category: Machinery

  12. controls, a coordinated arrangement of such devices.

    Category: Machinery

  13. prevention of the flourishing of something undesirable:

    rodent control.

  14. a spiritual agency believed to assist a medium at a séance.

* Syn: See authority.

Origin of control:

1425–75; late ME co(u)ntrollen (v.) < AF contreroller to keep a duplicate account or roll, der. of contrerolle (n.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. control(noun)

    power to direct or determine

    "under control"

  2. control(noun)

    a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another

    "measures for the control of disease"; "they instituted controls over drinking on campus"

  3. control(noun)

    (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc

    "the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired"; "he had lost control of his sphincters"

  4. control condition, control(noun)

    a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment

    "the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw"

  5. control(noun)

    the activity of managing or exerting control over something

    "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

  6. dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, control(noun)

    the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

    "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"

  7. restraint, control(noun)

    discipline in personal and social activities

    "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"

  8. command, control, mastery(noun)

    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

    "a good command of French"

  9. control, controller(noun)

    a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

    "the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her"

  10. control(noun)

    a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

  11. control(verb)

    the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.

    "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"

  12. control, command(verb)

    exercise authoritative control or power over

    "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"

  13. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate(verb)

    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

    "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

  14. operate, control(verb)

    handle and cause to function

    "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"

  15. manipulate, keep in line, control(verb)

    control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

    "She manipulates her boss"; "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"; "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"; "she keeps in line"

  16. control, verify(verb)

    check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard

    "Are you controlling for the temperature?"

  17. control(verb)

    verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

    "control an account"

  18. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure(verb)

    be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

    "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"

  19. master, control(verb)

    have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

    "Do you control these data?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. control(noun)ənˈtroʊl

    the power or authority to make sth happen

    The manager has no control over the situation.

  2. controlənˈtroʊl


    Who's in control of advertising?; in control of your emotions

  3. controlənˈtroʊl

    being controlled

    Please keep your dogs under control.; We have the situation under control.

  4. controlənˈtroʊl

    not able to be controlled

    a teenager who is completely out of control

  5. controlənˈtroʊl

    to begin to control

    The army took control of the refugee camp.

  6. controlənˈtroʊl

    to not be able to control

    a teacher who has lost control of her students

  7. controlənˈtroʊl

    an official limit or restriction

    the control of hazardous substances

  8. controlənˈtroʊl

    a switch on a machine for operating it

    the control switch

  9. control(verb)ənˈtroʊl

    to have authority or power over

    islands in the Pacific controlled by France; to control your own destiny

  10. controlənˈtroʊl

    to make sth run or operate

    A computer controls the lighting.

  11. controlənˈtroʊl

    to limit or restrict sth bad; = regulate

    a company trying to control their costs; unable to control your anger


  1. control(Noun)

    Influence or authority over.

    The government has complete control over the situation.

  2. control(Noun)

    A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or nonexistence.

  3. control(Noun)

    The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.

  4. control(Noun)

    A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities, synonymous with safeguard and counter-measure.

  5. control(Noun)

    restraint or ability to contain one's emotions, or self-control.

  6. control(Noun)

    An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.

  7. control(Verb)

    To exercise influence over, to suggest or dictate the behavior of, oversit.

    With a simple remote, he could control the toy truck.

  8. Origin: From conterrolle, from contrerole, from contrarotulum, from + rotulus, rotula, diminutive of rota.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Control(noun)

    a duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register; a counter register

  2. Control(noun)

    that which serves to check, restrain, or hinder; restraint

  3. Control(noun)

    power or authority to check or restrain; restraining or regulating influence; superintendence; government; as, children should be under parental control

  4. Control(verb)

    to check by a counter register or duplicate account; to prove by counter statements; to confute

  5. Control(verb)

    to exercise restraining or governing influence over; to check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern; to overpower


  1. Control

    In linguistics, control is a construction where the understood subject of a given predicate is determined by some expression in context. Stereotypical instances of control involve verbs. A superordinate verb "controls" a subordinate, non-finite verb. Control was intensively studied in the Government and Binding framework in the 1980s, and much of the terminology from that era is still used today. In the days of Transformational Grammar, control phenomena were discussed in terms of Equi-NP deletion. Control is often analyzed in terms of a null pronoun called PRO. Control is also related to raising, although there are important differences between control and raising. Most if not all languages have control constructions and these constructions tend to occur frequently.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. control

    1. Authority that may be less than full command exercised by a commander over part of the activities of subordinate or other organizations. 2. In mapping, charting, and photogrammetry, a collective term for a system of marks or objects on the Earth or on a map or a photograph, whose positions or elevations (or both) have been or will be determined. 3. Physical or psychological pressures exerted with the intent to assure that an agent or group will respond as directed. 4. An indicator governing the distribution and use of documents, information, or material. Such indicators are the subject of intelligence community agreement and are specifically defined in appropriate regulations. See also administrative control; operational control; tactical control.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #350

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Written Corpus Frequency: #940

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Nouns Frequency: #102

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Verbs Frequency: #195

Translations for control

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the right of directing or of giving orders; power or authority

She has control over all the decisions in that department; She has no control over that dog.

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