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Definition of "control" []

  • To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct. See Synonyms at conduct. (verb-transitive)
  • To adjust to a requirement; regulate: controlled trading on the stock market; controls the flow of water. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold in restraint; check: struggled to control my temper. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce or prevent the spread of: control insects; controlled the fire by dousing it with water. (verb-transitive)
  • To verify or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard. (verb-transitive)
  • To command, direct, or rule (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To check, limit, curb, or regulate; restrain (verb)
  • To regulate or operate (a machine) (verb)
  • To verify (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment in which the variable being investigated is held constant or is compared with a standard (verb)
  • To regulate (financial affairs) (verb)
  • To examine and verify (financial accounts) (verb)
  • To restrict or regulate the authorized supply of (certain substances, such as drugs) (verb)
  • Power to direct or determine (noun)
  • A means of regulation or restraint; curb; check (noun)
  • A device or mechanism for operating a car, aircraft, etc (noun)
  • A standard of comparison used in a statistical analysis or scientific experiment (noun)
  • A device that regulates the operation of a machine. A dynamic control is one that incorporates a governor so that it responds to the output of the machine it regulates (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • An agency believed to assist the medium in a séance (noun)
  • A letter, or letter and number, printed on a sheet of postage stamps, indicating authenticity, date, and series of issue (noun)
  • One of a number of checkpoints on a car rally, orienteering course, etc, where competitors check in and their time, performance, etc, is recorded (noun)

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Use "control" in a sentence
  • "If she can't control her campaign how the heck can she * control* the giant bureacracy that is our government?"
  • "Grant it; and for the very same reason we wish steam with all the world; not that we may control the world, for this is costly and unremunerative, as Great Britain finds; but to conform it, and especially to _control_ its commerce."
  • "The captain, must, therefore, control the company through the platoon commanders -- that is to say, he _actually directs_ the fire and the platoon commanders, assisted by the squad leaders, _actually control_ it."