Synonyms of control in English:


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See UK English definition of control

See Spanish definition of controlar


1‘the Dutch retained control over the western half of New Guinea’

jurisdiction, sway, power, authority, command, dominance, domination, government, mastery, leadership, rule, reign, sovereignty, supremacy, ascendancy, predominance, hegemony
charge, management, direction, guidance, supervision, superintendence, oversight
rare prepotence, prepotency, prepollency

2‘strict import controls’

restraint, constraint, limitation, restriction, check, curb, brake, rein

3‘‘How could you?’ she yelled, her control slipping’

self-control, self-restraint, restraint, self-command, self-mastery, self-discipline
self-possession, composure, calmness, coolness
informal cool
rare countenance

4‘the volume control’

switch, knob, button, dial, handle, lever
console, instrument panel, dashboard
informal dash

5‘mission control’

headquarters, HQ, base, centre of operations, command post

6‘another Petri dish without the DNA solution was used as a control’

standard of comparison, benchmark, standard, check


1‘one family had controlled the company since its formation’

be in charge of, run, be in control of, manage, direct, administer, head, preside over, have authority over, supervise, superintend, oversee, guide, steer
command, rule, govern, lead, dominate, reign over, hold sway over, hegemonize, be at the helm, be the boss
informal head up, call the shots, call the tune, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle, run the show, pull the strings, rule the roost, hold the purse strings, have someone in the palm of one's hand, have something in the palm of one's hand, have someone eating out of one's hand
British informal wear the trousers
North American have someone in one's hip pocket

2‘she struggled to control her temper’

restrain, keep in check, curb, check, contain, hold back, bridle, rein in, keep a tight rein on, subdue, suppress, repress, master, damp down
informal keep a lid on, keep the lid on

3‘public spending was controlled’

limit, restrict, impose limits on, set limits on, curb, cap, constrain
informal put the brakes on

4‘the extractor fan is controlled by a thermostat’

regulate, modulate, adjust
affect, determine, govern


    out of control

    ‘the world is increasingly out of control’

    uncontrollable, unmanageable, ungovernable, wild, unruly, disorderly, recalcitrant, refractory, obstreperous, turbulent, intractable, incorrigible, disobedient, delinquent, insubordinate, defiant, non-compliant, undisciplined
    British informal stroppy, bolshie
    archaic contumacious

    under control, obedient, compliant