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  1. con·trol
  2. noun


    • 1. determine the behavior or supervise the running of:

      he was appointed to control the company's marketing strategy
      Synonym : be in charge of, run, be in control of, manage, direct, administer, head, preside over, have authority over, supervise, superintend, oversee, guide, steer, command, rule, govern, lead, dominate, reign over, hold sway over, hegemonize, be at the helm, be the boss, head up, call the shots, call the tune, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle, run the show, pull the strings, rule the roost, hold the purse strings, have someone/something in the palm of one's hand, have someone eating out of one's hand, wear the trousers, have someone in one's hip pocket
    • 2. maintain influence or authority over:

      you shouldn't have dogs if you can't control them
    • 3. limit the level, intensity, or numbers of:

      he had to control his temper
      Synonym : restrain, keep in check, curb, check, contain, hold back, bridle, rein in, keep a tight rein on, subdue, suppress, repress, master, damp down, keep a/the lid on, limit, restrict, set/impose limits on, curb, cap, constrain, put the brakes on
    • 4. remain calm and reasonable despite provocation:

      he made an effort to control himself
    • 5. regulate (a mechanical or scientific process):

      the airflow is controlled by a fan
    • 6. take into account (an extraneous factor that might affect results) when performing an experiment:

      no attempt was made to control for variations
    • 7. check; verify.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: control, plural noun: controls

    • v.: verb: control, 3rd person present: controls, gerund or present participle: controlling, past tense: controlled, past participle: controlled

    • noun

      the power to influence or direct people's behaviour or the course of events:

      the ability to manage a machine, vehicle, or other moving object:

    • verb

      determine the behaviour or supervise the running of:

      maintain influence or authority over:

    • adjective

      not showing emotion; having one's feelings under control:

      under the control of someone or something:

    • adjective

      not showing emotion; having one's feelings under control:

      under the control of someone or something:

    • noun

      the process of targeting and firing heavy weapons.

      the prevention and monitoring of forest fires and grass fires.

    • noun

      control of the pitch of a helicopter's rotors or an aircraft's or ship's propellers.

      control of the pitching motion of an aircraft.

    • adjective

      (of an aircraft or vehicle) having two sets of controls, one of which is used by the instructor:
    • noun

      two sets of controls in an aircraft or vehicle.
    • noun

      control of a machine or apparatus from a distance by means of signals transmitted from a radio or electronic device:

      a device that controls a machine, especially a television or VCR, from a distance:

    • noun

      the activity of directing the movement of aircraft:

      a control surface on an aircraft.

    • noun

      an electronic device in a motor vehicle that can be switched on to maintain a selected constant speed without the use of the accelerator:

      used in reference to actions performed with little effort:

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