What does Control mean?

Definitions for Control

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Control.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. controlnoun

    power to direct or determine

    "under control"

  2. controlnoun

    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. controlnoun

    (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, controlnoun

    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. controlnoun

    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, controlnoun

    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, controlnoun

    discipline in personal and social activities

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

  8. command, control, masterynoun

    great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

    "a good command of French"

  9. control, controllernoun

    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. controlnoun

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

  11. controlverb

    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, commandverb

    exercise authoritative control or power over

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

  13. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderateverb

    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, controlverb

    handle and cause to function

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

  15. manipulate, keep in line, controlverb

    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, verifyverb

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

    "Are you controlling for the temperature?"

  17. controlverb

    verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

    "control an account"

  18. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assureverb

    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, controlverb

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

    "Do you control these data?"


  1. Controlnoun

    (Technology) in research, an object or subject used in an experimental procedure, which is treated identically to the primary subject of the experiment, except for the omission of the specific treatment or conditions whose effect is being investigated. If the control is a group of living organisms, as is common in medical research, it is called the control group. For most experimental procedures, the results are not considered valid and reliable unless a proper control experiment is performed. There are various types of control used in experimental science, and often several groups of subjects serve as controls, being subjected to different variations of the experimental procedure, or controlling for several variables being tested. When the effects caused by an experimental treatment are not consistent and obvious, statistical analysis of the results is typically used to determine if there are any significant differences between the effects of different experimental conditions.

  2. Controlnoun

    (Technology) the part of an experimental procedure in which the controls are subjected to the experimental conditions.

  3. Controlnoun

    the group of technical specialists exercising control by remote communications over a distant operation, such as a space flight; as, the American Mission Control for manned flights is located in Houston.

  4. Controlverb

    to assure the validity of an experimental procedure by using a control.


  1. controlnoun

    Influence or authority over.

    The government has complete control over the situation.

  2. controlnoun

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

  3. controlnoun

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

  4. controlnoun

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

  5. controlnoun

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

  6. controlnoun

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

  7. controlverb

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

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONTROLnoun

    Etymology: controle, that is, contre role, French.

    Let partial spirits still aloud complain,
    Think themselves injur’d that they cannot reign;
    And own no liberty, but where they may,
    Without control, upon their fellows prey. Edmund Waller.

    He shall feel a force upon himself from within, and from the control of his own principles, to engage him to do worthily. South.

    If the sinner shall win so complete a victory over his conscience, that all those considerations shall be able to strike no terrour into his mind, lay no restraint upon his lusts, no control upon his appetites, he is certainly too strong for the means of grace. Robert South, Sermons.

    Speak, what Phœbus has inspir’d thy soul
    For common good, and speak without control. John Dryden, Hom.

    The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls,
    Are their male’s subjects, and at their controls. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Controlverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Authority to convent, to control, to punish, as far as with excommunication, whomsoever they should think worthy. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Give me a staff of honour for mine age;
    But not a sceptre to control the world. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andron.

    Who shall control me for my works? Ecclus. v. 3.

    I feel my virtue struggling in my soul;
    But stronger passion does its pow’r control. John Dryden, Aurengz.

    O, dearest Andrew, says the humble droll,
    Henceforth may I obey, and thou control. Matthew Prior.

    As for the time while he was in the Tower, and the manner of his brother’s death, and his own escape, she knew they were things that a very few could control. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.


  1. Control

    Control is the second North American single released from alternative rock band Garbages fifth studio album, Not Your Kind of People, and was sent to radio stations across United States in October 2012. The band mastered a radio version of the song for airplay featuring a third chorus in place of the breakdown that marks the album version of the song. Garbage later pressed a limited edition 7" vinyl single for "Control" and released it through their website. It was backed with a remix of the lead single "Blood for Poppies". On June 26, 2012, "Control" became the soundtrack to the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.


  1. control

    Control refers to the power or ability to direct, regulate, or manipulate something or someone according to desired outcomes or standards. It involves the act of making decisions, setting boundaries, exerting influence, and taking corrective measures to maintain order, efficiency, or authority over a system, process, situation, object, or individual. Control can involve the establishment of rules, protocols, procedures, or mechanisms to ensure that objectives are achieved and deviations are addressed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Controlnoun

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

  2. Controlnoun

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

  3. Controlnoun

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

  4. Controlverb

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

  5. Controlverb

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

  6. Etymology: [F. contrler, fr. contrle.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Control

    kon-trōl′, n. restraint: authority: command.—v.t. to check: to restrain: to govern:—pr.p. contrōl′ling; pa.p. contrōlled′.—Formerly Comptroll′, Countrol′, Controul′.—adj. Control′lable, capable of, or subject to, control.—ns. Control′ler, Comptrol′ler, one who checks the accounts of others by a counter-roll; Control′lership; Control′ment, act or power of controlling: state of being controlled: control. [Fr. contrôle, from contre-rôle, a duplicate register—L. contra, against, rotulus, a roll.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. controlverb

    Content commanding officials of elements to do or believe something new in a testament, not no-trump translation with a rood sense of humor. 1.) The power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events. 2.) a group or individual used as a standard of comparison for checking the results of a survey or experiment. 3.) a member of an intelligence organization who personally directs the activities of a spy.

    God has control in every dimension because he created existence.

    Etymology: Attention

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 21, 2024  

  2. control

    The ability, authority and power to manage.

    They did control their weight by exercising and choosing a plant based diet.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Control in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Control in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Control in a Sentence

  1. Amanullah Hotaki:

    In some districts where the Taliban are in control, food prices have gone up, there are no hospitals, people die on the way to Kandahar to get treatment.

  2. Ben Neuman:

    Control measures need to focus on the major source of Zika, which is still overwhelmingly mosquitoes.

  3. Dan Porter:

    I don't think people really understand the severity of the threat to the overall system of water management across California and across the West, we're facing a climate-driven set of processes that we don't have full control over.

  4. Thomas Massie:

    One of the biggest scandals during this whole pandemic is the coverup that's been committed by Dr. Fauci and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] — especially the CDC — about the effectiveness of immunity that's conferred after a natural infection, after you've recovered from [COVID], they've completely ignored that.

  5. Gareth Mulvenna:

    Loyalism and unionism are always reactive and on the defensive mode, but now, unionism is having to react to different forces outside of its control.

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Translations for Control

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  • سيطرArabic
  • сдържаност, контролна група, власт, контролирам, управление, управлявам, самообладаниеBulgarian
  • controlar, controlCatalan, Valencian
  • řídit, nadvláda, ovládat, správa, kontrolaCzech
  • styre, kontrollereDanish
  • Kontrollgruppe, Kontrollelement, kontrollieren, Kontrolle, Steuerelement, steuernGerman
  • έλεγχος, ελέγχωGreek
  • kontroloEsperanto
  • contramedida, control, dirección, autodominio, patrón de comparación, controlar, manejo, organización, mando, administraciónSpanish
  • kontrollgrupp, võim, kontrollEstonian
  • kontrolatuBasque
  • کنترلPersian
  • itsehillintä, kontrolloida, hallita, ohjaus, hallinta, varmistaa, ohjata, vertailuryhmä, valvoaFinnish
  • contrôle, contrôlerFrench
  • srianadh, urlámhasIrish
  • srian, ceannsaichScottish Gaelic
  • controlarGalician
  • niyantranGujarati
  • לשלוטHebrew
  • niyantranHindi
  • kontwoleHaitian Creole
  • korlátoz, kontrollál, szabályozHungarian
  • kendali, mengendalikan, mengontrolIndonesian
  • comandi, influenzare, autorità, dirigere, controllare, comando, controlloItalian
  • 制御, コントロール, 支配, 操るJapanese
  • 조절하다, 통제, 조절, 통제하다, 제어Korean
  • kontrolKurdish
  • imperium, impero, imperator, teneo, controlLatin
  • whakamatuaMāori
  • kawalan, mengawal, menguasaiMalay
  • beheersing, controleren, besturen, controle, beheersen, invloedDutch
  • kontrollereNorwegian
  • zarządzać, kontrolka, sterować, samokontrola, kontrola, kontrolować, grupa kontrolna, nadzorowaćPolish
  • controlo, controlar, controlePortuguese
  • control, grup de control, comandă, element de control, grup de comparație, element de comandă, autoritate, mecanism de siguranțăRomanian
  • контролировать, контрольная группа, власть, контроль, управлятьRussian
  • kontroll, kontrollera, kontrollgruppSwedish
  • నియంత్రించుTelugu
  • kontrol etmek, kumanda etmek, kontrolTurkish
  • qaboo krnaUrdu
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