English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'control'

(noun) 
Definition
power to direct something
The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the republic's territory.
Synonyms
power
women who have reached positions of great power and influence
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rule
the winding-up of British rule over the territory
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authority
The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
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management
the responsibility for its day-to-day management
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direction
The house was built under the direction of his partner.
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command
In 1942 he took command of 108 Squadron.
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discipline
the need for strict discipline in military units
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guidance
They improve their performance under the guidance of professional coaches.
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supervision
First-time licence holders have to work under supervision.
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jurisdiction
The British police have no jurisdiction over foreign bank accounts.
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mastery
a region where humans have gained mastery over the major rivers
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(noun) 
Definition
a curb or check
There are to be tighter controls on land speculation.
Synonyms
restraint
A Bill of Rights would act as a restraint on judicial power.
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check
There is a check on the number of people allowed in the venue.
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regulation
They also have responsibility for the regulation of nurseries.
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brake
Illness had put a brake on his progress.
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limitation
There is to be no limitation on the number of opposition parties.
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curb
He called for much stricter curbs on immigration.
(noun) 
He had a terrible temper, and sometimes lost control completely.
Synonyms
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cool (slang)
She kept her cool and managed to get herself out of the situation.
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calmness
She faced her ordeal with admirable calmness.
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self-restraint
We've been exercising self-restraint in our resistance to occupation.
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restraint
They behaved with more restraint than I'd expected.
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coolness
They praised him for his coolness under pressure.
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self-mastery
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self-command
(noun) 
She adjusted the temperature control.
Synonyms
switch
a light switch
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instrument
navigation instruments
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button
He pressed the `play' button.
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dial
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knob
the volume knob
(plural noun) 
Definition
instruments used to operate a machine
She would rather be at the controls of a plane than in the passenger section.
Synonyms
instruments
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dials
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dashboard
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control panel
(verb) 
Definition
to have power over
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.You should not let other people control you.
Synonyms
have power over
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lead
He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
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rule
the feudal lord who ruled this land
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manage
Within two years, he was managing the store.
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boss (informal)
We cannot boss them into doing more.
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direct
She will direct day-to-day operations.
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handle
One report said the aircraft would become difficult to handle.
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conduct
I decided to conduct an experiment.
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dominate
No company should be permitted to dominate the market.
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command
the French general who commands the UN troops in the region
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pilot
Local fishermen piloted the boats.
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govern
They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country.
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steer
What is it like to steer a ship of this size?
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administer
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
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oversee
Get a surveyor to oversee and inspect the various stages of the work.
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supervise
One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
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manipulate
He's a very difficult character. He manipulates people.
She was unable, for once, to manipulate events.
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call the shots
The directors call the shots.
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call the tune
Who would then be calling the tune in Parliament?
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reign over
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keep a tight rein on
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have charge of
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superintend
During the interval, he superintended a prize draw.
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have (someone) in your pocket
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keep on a string
(verb) 
Definition
to limit or restrain
The government tried to control rising health-care costs.
Synonyms
limit
He limited payments on the country's foreign debt.
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restrict
a move to restrict the number of students on campus at any one time
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(verb) 
Definition
to limit or restrain
Try to control that temper of yours.
Synonyms
restrain
He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
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check
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
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contain
The city authorities said the curfew had contained the violence.
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master
She needs to master her fears of becoming ill.
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curb
He must learn to curb that temper of his.
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hold back
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subdue
He forced himself to subdue and overcome his fears.
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repress
People who repress their emotions risk having nightmares.
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constrain
I was constrained by family commitments.
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bridle
I must learn to bridle my tongue.
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rein in

Quotations

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past [George OrwellNineteen Eighty-Four]
Who can control his fate? [William ShakespeareOthello]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of administer
Definition
to manage (an organization or estate)
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
Synonyms
run,
preside over,
be in charge of,
in the sense of authority
Definition
the power to command, control, or judge others
The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
in the sense of boss
Definition
to employ, supervise, or be in charge of
We cannot boss them into doing more.

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