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control

con·trol

control

 
 
pronunciation:
kn trol
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: controlled, controlling, controls
definition 1: to exercise the power to regulate, dominate, or manipulate; command.
You'll have to learn to control your dog.The country was controlled by the military during those years.
synonyms:
command, direct, dominate, lead, manage, oversee, regulate, rule
similar words:
administer, boss, domineer, govern, guide, influence, manipulate, restrain, ride roughshod over, subjugate, subordinate, superintend, supervise, sway
definition 2: to hold within limits; restrain.
He could not control his anger any longer, and he began shouting at the clerk.
synonyms:
check, contain, curb, govern, guide, hold, limit, rein in, restrain, restrict, stop, subdue
similar words:
bridle, chasten, constrain, determine, harness, hinder, impede, leash, master, repress, suppress, withhold
definition 3: to stop the growth or spread of.
Attempts to control the disease have failed.The farmers use chemicals to control insects and other pests.
synonyms:
confine, contain, curb, limit, rein in, restrain, restrict, stop
similar words:
constrain, harness, prevent, suppress
definition 4: to assure the validity of by providing a means of comparison, esp. in scientific research.
He controlled the experiment with subjects who were given a placebo.
similar words:
corroborate, validate, verify
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the power or authority to control someone or something.
The Americans took control of Guam after the war.It was a struggle to keep control over the unruly students.
synonyms:
authority, command, direction, domination, jurisdiction, management, mastery, power, regulation, rule
similar words:
charge, constraint, disposal, disposition, governance, government, hindrance, leash, restraint, restriction, say, supervision, sway
definition 2: the state or condition of being controlled.
The car spun out of control.
synonyms:
bondage, captivity, restriction, slavery, subjugation
similar words:
confinement, constraint, hindrance, restraint
definition 3: a means of comparison, esp. in scientific experiments.
Without controls, there is no way to evaluate the results of the study.
similar words:
constant
definition 4: (often pl.) a device or set of devices for operating or guiding a vehicle or other machinery.
The co-pilot was at the controls when the plane suddenly lost altitude.
synonyms:
dials, instrument panel, switches
similar words:
adjustment, buttons, dashboard, gauges, gears, handles, instruments, knobs, levers
definition 5: a means of stopping or preventing the growth or spread of something undesirable.
pest controldisease control
synonyms:
check, curb, damper, regulator, restrainer, restraint
similar words:
bit, block, brake, bridle, ceiling, constraint, harness, hindrance, leash, limitation, obstruction, rein, restriction
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derivations: controllable (adj.), controlled (adj.), controllably (adv.)
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