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  1. [noun] power to direct or determine; "under control"

  2. [noun] 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. [noun] (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. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: condition

  5. [noun] the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

  6. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency

  7. [noun] discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
    Synonyms: restraint

  8. [noun] great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French"
    Synonyms: command, mastery

  9. [noun] the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"

  10. [noun] a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the speed control on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her"
    Synonyms: ler

  11. [noun] a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

  12. [verb] exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
    Synonyms: command

  13. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate

  14. [verb] handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
    Synonyms: operate

  15. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: manipulate, keep in line

  16. [verb] verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments; "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
    Synonyms: verify

  17. [verb] verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"

  18. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, assure

  19. [verb] have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?"
    Synonyms: master


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