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controlling (See control)


1 power to direct or determine; "under control"
2 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"
3 (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"
4 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" [syn: control condition]
5 the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
6 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" [syn: dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency]
7 discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself" [syn: restraint] [ant: unrestraint]
8 great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French" [syn: command, mastery]
9 the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
10 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" [syn: controller]
11 a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance


1 exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces" [syn: command]
2 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" [syn: hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate]
3 handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever" [syn: operate]
4 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" [syn: manipulate, keep in line]
5 verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments; "Are you controlling for the temperature?" [syn: verify]
6 verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"
7 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" [syn: see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, assure]
8 have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?" [syn: master] [also: controlling, controlled]controlling adj : able to control or determine policy; "a controlling interest in the firm"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Having control over a person or thing.
    His mother is very controlling.



  1. present participle of control

Extensive Definition

Control is used in a variety of contexts to express "mastery" or "proficiency": e.g. "Music students attending a master class are expected to have full control of basic skills such as rhythm and pitch".
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controlling in German: Control
controlling in French: Contrôle
controlling in Dutch: Controlling
controlling in Polish: Kontrola
controlling in Portuguese: Controle
controlling in Serbo-Croatian: Kontrola
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