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Dictionary definition for: Control

1. (v) exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget" "Command the military forces"

2. (n) power to direct or determine; "under control"

3. (n) 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"

4. (v) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

5. (n) (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"

6. (v) handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol" "control the lever"

7. (v) control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one''s advantage; "She manipulates her boss" "She is a very controlling mother and doesn''t let her children grow up" "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line" "she keeps in line"

8. (n) 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"

9. (n) the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"

10. (v) verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments; "Are you controlling for the temperature?"

11. (n) the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"

12. (v) verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"

13. (v) be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed" "See that the curtains are closed" "control the quality of the product"

14. (n) discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint" "she never lost control of herself"

15. (v) have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?"

16. (n) great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French"

17. (n) the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"

18. (n) a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the speed control on his turntable was not working properly" "I turned the controls over to her"

19. (n) a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

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