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What does control mean?
To control is to dominate or command something or someone, as in Tomas showed excellent control of his hand several weeks after his surgery.
As a noun, control can refer to the act of controlling, as in I can’t stand it—my parents have total control over my life!
To control is also to restrain or keep in check, as in Toddlers are not known for control over their emotions.
Control can also refer to keeping something in check. When you keep your emotions under control, you still feel them but you don’t let them overwhelm you.
To control can also mean to eliminate the spread of something, such as with a fire or an illness.
Example: Who has control of the lights for tonight’s show?
Where does control come from?
The first records of the term control come from the 1400s. It ultimately comes from the Anglo-French contreroller, meaning “to keep a duplicate roll of.”
In the sciences, control takes on another specific definition, meaning “a person, object, or group that is kept in a constant, unchanging state throughout the experiment.” In order to test if an independent variable was actually the cause for a change, a control group that doesn’t have the independent variable is created. This way, the results of both the control group and the testing group can be compared.
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What are some other forms related to control?
- controllable (adjective, noun)
- controllability (noun)
- controllably (adverb)
- controlled (adjective, verb)
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How is control used in real life?
Control is a common word used to talk about command or restriction in many situations.
Guardians of the Galaxy is surprisingly good. Trailers made the game look like pure trash, but they managed to both capture the appeal of the first movie and make a fun game. It’s buggy as heck though and I think the control layout could have been much better.
— Jason (@panzerjedi) December 9, 2021
Roughing the Passer calls are absolutely out of control.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 25, 2018
My facial hair is getting out of control
— michael clifford on tour (@Michael5SOS) April 5, 2015
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Is control used correctly in the following sentence?
My parents gave me control over my college fund, so now I can withdraw money for tuition.
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What are other ways to say control?
The noun control means “domination or command.” How is control different from authority and influence? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
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Companies like Rice Up still promote rice cakes as a whole-grain option for weight control.The Rise and Fall of the Rice Cake, America’s One-Time Favorite Health Snack|Brenna Houck|September 17, 2020|Eater
I was talking about what we’re doing is under control, but I’m not talking about the virus.Timeline: The 124 times Trump has downplayed the coronavirus threat|Aaron Blake, JM Rieger|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Alexander also requested an extraordinary amount of control over the reports, asking that he be allowed to review them before publication and even make edits.The Trump administration’s politicization of coronavirus comes to a head|Aaron Blake|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
At the beginning, before anybody knew what it was, I spoke with President Xi, and he said, we are doing it well, we have it under control.Trump’s incoherent defense of his coronavirus response|Aaron Blake|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
A month later, a Fox News poll found 70 percent of likely voters felt the pandemic was “not at all” or “somewhat” under control.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
From there we took the train to Nice, France, but the French border control caught us and sent us back to Italy.
Spin control began, Florida-style: the opinion only covers some counties, some people, some times.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He seemed by all appearances perfectly happy to let the Republicans control the state senate.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The police cannot ultimately control public opinion unilaterally.
So not only will the GOP have control in the Senate, it will move the center of gravity on Capitol Hill hard to starboard.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Solely over one man therein thou hast quite absolute control.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
In a few minutes, however, he had it again under control, and they soon reached the berg.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
A certain amount of his ill-humour vented, Tressan made an effort to regain his self-control.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The nativesʼ anxiety to oust the Spaniards was far stronger than their wish to be under American, or indeed any foreign, control.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The marvelous improvements in mechanism and tone production and control in 1886 to 1913 by Robt.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for control
- to regulate (financial affairs)
- to examine and verify (financial accounts)
- a device that regulates the operation of a machine. A dynamic control is one that incorporates a governor so that it responds to the output of the machine it regulates
- (as modifier)control panel; control room
Derived forms of controlcontrollable, adjectivecontrollability or controllableness, nouncontrollably, adverb
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Other Idioms and Phrases with control
see out of control; spin control.