Definition of Control


  • the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
    "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
  • a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
  • 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"
  • great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
    "a good command of French"
  • discipline in personal and social activities
    "he was a model of polite restraint"
    "she never lost control of herself"
  • 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"
  • the activity of managing or exerting control over something
    "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
  • 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"
    - control condition
  • (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"
  • 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"
  • power to direct or determine
    "under control"


  • have a firm understanding or knowledge of
    be on top of
    "Do you control these data?"
  • 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"
    - see to it
  • verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
    "control an account"
  • check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
    "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
  • 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"
    - keep in line
  • handle and cause to function
    "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"
    "control the lever"
  • lessen the intensity of
    hold in restraint
    hold or keep within limits
    "moderate your alcohol intake"
    "hold your tongue"
    "hold your temper"
    "control your anger"
    - hold in
  • exercise authoritative control or power over
    "control the budget"
    "Command the military forces"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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Unscramble control

71 unscramble word found using the letters control.

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