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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
control (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) archaic to check, test, or verify by evidence or experiments
b) to incorporate suitable in - controls a controlled experiment
2.
a) to exercise restraining or directing influence over - regulate
b) to have power over - rule
intransitive verb
c) to reduce the incidence or severity of especially to innocuous levels - control an insect population control a disease to incorporate controls in an experiment or study - used with for control for socioeconomic differences conduct
control (noun)
1.
a) an act or instance of - controlling , also power or authority to guide or manage
b) skill in the use of a tool, instrument, technique, or artistic medium
c) the regulation of economic activity especially by government directive - usually used in plural price controls
d) the ability of a baseball pitcher to control the location of a pitch within the strike zone
2.
- restraint reserve
3.
one that as - controls
a) (1) an experiment in which the subjects are treated as in a parallel experiment except for omission of the procedure or agent under test and which is used as a standard of comparison in judging experimental effects - called also control experiment
(2) one (as an organism, culture, or group) that is part of a control
b) a device or mechanism used to regulate or guide the operation of a machine, apparatus, or system
c) an organization that directs a spaceflight - mission control
d) a personality or spirit believed to actuate the utterances or performances of a spiritualist medium power
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
control (noun)
1.
a mechanism for adjusting the operation of a device, machine, or system
SYNONIMS:
controller, regulator
RELATED WORDS:
actuator; button, dial, key, knob, lever, push button, selector, switch
control (noun)
2.
the ability to direct the course of something
SYNONIMS:
grasp, hand(s)
RELATED WORDS:
clutch, grip, hold, mastery; arm, command, dominion, helm, sway; authority, domination, jurisdiction, might, power; administration, direction, governance, government, guidance, management, operation, oversight, regulation, running, superintendence, supervision
NEAR ANTONYMS:
helplessness, weakness; impotence, impotency, powerlessness
control (noun)
3.
the act or activity of looking after and making decisions about something
SYNONIMS:
administration, care, charge, control, direction, governance, government, guidance, handling, intendance, management, operation, oversight, presidency, regulation, running, stewardship, superintendence, superintendency, supervision
RELATED WORDS:
generalship, leadership, rulership; agency; aegis ( egis), custody, guardianship, keeping, lap, protection, safekeeping, trust, tutelage, ward; engineering, logistics, machination, manipulation; coadministration, codirection, comanagement
control (noun)
4.
the fact or state of having (something) at one's disposal
SYNONIMS:
control, enjoyment, hands, keeping
RELATED WORDS:
ownership, proprietorship; authority, command, dominion, mastery, power; repossession, retention; claiming, collaring, commandeering, confiscation, procurement
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dispossession, relinquishment, surrendering, transferal
nonpossession
control (noun)
5.
the right or means to command or control others
SYNONIMS:
arm, authority, clutch, command, control, death grip, dominion, grip, hold, mastery, reign, rein(s), sway
RELATED WORDS:
clout, influence, leverage, pull, voice, weight; jurisdiction; direction, management; dominance, imperium, predominance, sovereignty ( sovranty), supremacy; prerogative, privilege, right; eminence, importance, moment
NEAR ANTONYMS:
helplessness, weakness
impotence, impotency, powerlessness
control (verb)
1.
to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
SYNONIMS:
bridle, check, constrain, contain, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tame
RELATED WORDS:
bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silence
NEAR ANTONYMS:
liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, vent
lose
control (verb)
2.
to gain emotional or mental control of
SYNONIMS:
calm, compose, contain, control, re-collect, settle
RELATED WORDS:
hold back, restrain; rally, recover; lull, quiet, soothe, still, tranquilize ( tranquillize)
control (verb)
3.
to exercise authority or power over
SYNONIMS:
boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), rule, sway
RELATED WORDS:
conduct, direct, head, lead; administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise; dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize; conquer, subdue, subjugate
control (verb)
4.
to look after and make decisions about
SYNONIMS:
administer, administrate, carry on, control, direct, govern, guide, handle, keep, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tend
RELATED WORDS:
care (for), mind, watch; lead, pilot, steer; guard, protect, safeguard; micromanage, stage-manage; codirect, comanage
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