verb (used with object), con·trolled, con·trol·ling.
Origin of control
Synonyms for control
Related Words for controldiscipline, restriction, management, force, government, restraint, jurisdiction, domination, rule, regulation, curb, supervision, oversight, authority, dominate, handle, lead, oversee, supervise, manage
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Contemporary Examples of control
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
January 2, 2015
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
December 31, 2014
Law has been rebuilt in the last 50 years to be an instrument of control, not a framework for human responsibility.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Aside from a blanket ban, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit are nearly impossible to control.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
In the not too distant future, these young people will control billions of dollars.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of control
A deal with the Rothschilds for control of the Spanish mines had fallen through.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The danger of the control of an ignorant electorate has therefore passed.
The control of matter in putting it off and on at will, as He in His death and resurrection.
A society that had escaped from fear would escape from their control.
To hear her thus named moved him to a rage almost beyond his control.Within the Law
verb -trols, -trolling or -trolled (tr)
- 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
Word Origin for control
early 14c., "to check, verify, regulate," from Anglo-French contreroller "exert authority," from Medieval Latin contrarotulus "a counter, register," from Latin contra- "against" (see contra) + rotulus, diminutive of rota "wheel" (see roll (n.)). From a medieval method of checking accounts by a duplicate register. Sense of "dominate, direct" is mid-15c. Related: Controlled; controlling.
Control group in scientific experiments is attested from 1952 (from a sense of control attested since 1875).
1580s, from control (v.). Control freak is late 1960s slang.
see out of control; spin control.