usage: exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
2. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate, restrain, keep, keep back, hold back
usage: 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"
3. operate, control, manipulate
usage: handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
4. manipulate, keep in line, control, interact
usage: 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"