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  • the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
    • they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls
  • a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
  • 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
  • great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
    • a good command of French
  • discipline in personal and social activities
    • he was a model of polite restraint
    • she never lost control of herself
  • 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
  • the activity of managing or exerting control over something
    • the control of the mob by the police was admirable
  • 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
  • (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
  • 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
  • power to direct or determine
    • under control
  • have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
    • Do you control these data?
  • 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
  • verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
    • control an account
  • check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
    • Are you controlling for the temperature?
  • 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
  • handle and cause to function
    • do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol
    • control the lever
  • 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
  • exercise authoritative control or power over
    • control the budget
    • Command the military forces
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