What is the meaning of control?


  • Power to direct or determine.
    • usage: "under control"
  • A relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another.
    • usage: "measures for the control of disease"; "they instituted controls over drinking on campus"
  • Physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc. (
    • usage: "the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired"; "he had lost control of his sphincters"
  • A standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment.
    • usage: "the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw"
  • The activity of managing or exerting control over something.
    • usage: "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
  • The state that exists when one person or group has power over another.
    • usage: "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"
  • Discipline in personal and social activities.
    • usage: "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
  • Great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity.
    • usage: "a good command of French"
  • A mechanism that controls the operation of a machine.
    • usage: "the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her"
  • A spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance.
  • The economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc..
    • usage: "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"


  • Exercise authoritative control or power over.
    • usage: "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
  • Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits.
    • usage: "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
  • Handle and cause to function.
    • usage: "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
  • Control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage.
    • usage: "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"
  • Check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard.
    • usage: "Are you controlling for the temperature"
  • Verify by using a duplicate register for comparison.
    • usage: "control an account"
  • Be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something.
    • usage: "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
  • Have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of.
    • usage: "Do you control these data"
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APAWordNet. (2010). control. Retrieved October 17, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/control/definitions/1192155
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