(noun, verb)


1. power to direct or determine

- under control

Definition categories: attribute, power, powerfulness

2. 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

Definition categories: link, relation

3. (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

Definition categories: act, activity

4. 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

Definition categories: thought, criterion, standard

5. the activity of managing or exerting control over something

- the control of the mob by the police was admirable

Definition categories: act, activity

6. the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

Similar word(s): ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance

Definition categories: state, condition, status

7. discipline in personal and social activities

- she never lost control of herself

Similar word(s): restraint

Definition categories: attribute, discipline

8. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

Similar word(s): command, mastery

Definition categories: thought, skillfulness

9. 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

Similar word(s): controller

Definition categories: man–made, mechanism

10. a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

Definition categories: person, spirit

11. the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.

- they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls

Definition categories: communication

Sentences with control as a noun:

- The government has complete control over the situation.


1. exercise authoritative control or power over

- control the budget

Similar word(s): command

Definition categories: social

2. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

- control your anger

Similar word(s): check, contain, curb, hold, moderate

Definition categories: social, keep, restrain

3. handle and cause to function

- control the lever

Similar word(s): operate

Definition categories: contact, manipulate

4. maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage

- She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up

Similar word(s): manipulate

Definition categories: emotion, interact

5. check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard

- Are you controlling for the temperature?

Similar word(s): verify

Definition categories: social, essay, examine, prove, test, try

6. place under restrictions; limit access to by law

- this substance is controlled

Similar word(s): restrict

Definition categories: social, curb, curtail, restrict

7. verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

- control an account

Definition categories: cognition, ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see

8. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

- control the quality of the product

Similar word(s): ascertain, assure, check, ensure, insure, see

Definition categories: cognition, verify

9. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

- Do you control these data?

Similar word(s): master

Definition categories: cognition, know

Sentences with control as a verb:

- With a simple remote, he could control the toy truck.