Control vs. Regulate

Control vs. Regulate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Control and Regulate

Controlverb

To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct

The majority party controls the legislative agenda.

Regulateverb

To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.

Controlverb

To adjust to a requirement; regulate

rules that control trading on the stock market.valves that control the flow of water.

Regulateverb

To adjust to a particular specification or requirement

regulate temperature.

Controlverb

To hold in restraint; check

struggled to control my temper.

Regulateverb

To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.

Controlverb

To reduce or prevent the spread of

used a pesticide to control insects.controlled the fire by dousing it with water.

Regulateverb

To put or maintain in order

regulate one's eating habits.

Controlverb

To verify or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.

Regulateverb

To dictate policy.

Controlverb

To verify (a financial account, for example) by using a duplicate register for comparison.

Regulateverb

To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.

Controlnoun

Authority or ability to manage or direct

lost control of the skidding car.the leaders in control of the country.

Regulateverb

To adjust to a particular specification or requirement: regulate temperature.

Controlnoun

One that controls; a controlling agent, device, or organization.

Regulateverb

To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.

to regulate a watch, i.e. adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard timeto regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.

Controlnoun

An instrument.

Regulateverb

To put or maintain in order.

to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its financesto regulate one's eating habits

Controlnoun

controls A set of such instruments.

Regulateverb

fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of;

regulate the temperaturemodulate the pitch

Controlnoun

A restraining device, measure, or limit; a curb

a control on prices.price controls.

Regulateverb

bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations;

We cannot regulate the way people dressThis town likes to regulate

Controlnoun

A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of a scientific experiment.

Regulateverb

shape or influence; give direction to;

experience often determines abilitymold public opinion

Controlnoun

An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a scientific experiment, as a group of subjects given an inactive substance in an experiment testing a new drug administered to another group of subjects.

Regulateverb

check the emission of (sound)

Controlnoun

An intelligence agent who supervises or instructs another agent.

Controlnoun

A spirit presumed to speak or act through a medium.

Controlverb

(transitive) To exercise influence over; to suggest or dictate the behavior of.

With a simple remote, he could control the toy truck.

Controlverb

(construed with for) To design (an experiment) so that the effects of one or more variables are reduced or eliminated.

Controlnoun

Influence or authority over something.

The government has complete control over the situation.

Controlnoun

A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or non-existent.

Controlnoun

The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.

Controlnoun

Restraint or ability to contain one's movements or emotions, or self-control.

Controlnoun

A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities; a safeguard or countermeasure.

Controlnoun

(project management) A means of monitoring for, and triggering intervention in, activities that are not going according to plan.

Controlnoun

A duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register.

Controlnoun

(graphical user interface) An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.

Controlnoun

(climatology) Any of the physical factors determining the climate of a place, such as latitude, distribution of land and water, altitude, exposure, prevailing winds, permanent high- or low-barometric-pressure areas, ocean currents, mountain barriers, soil, and vegetation.

Controlnoun

(linguistics) A construction in which the understood subject of a given predicate is determined by an expression in context. See control.

Controlnoun

power to direct or determine;

under control

Controlnoun

a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another;

measures for the control of diseasethey instituted controls over drinking on campus

Controlnoun

(physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc;

the timing and control of his movements were unimpairedhe had lost control of his sphincters

Controlnoun

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

Controlnoun

the activity of managing or exerting control over something;

the control of the mob by the police was admirable

Controlnoun

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

Controlnoun

discipline in personal and social activities;

he was a model of polite restraintshe never lost control of herself

Controlnoun

great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity;

a good command of French

Controlnoun

the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.;

they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls

Controlnoun

a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine;

the speed control on his turntable was not working properlyI turned the controls over to her

Controlnoun

a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

Controlverb

exercise authoritative control or power over;

control the budgetCommand the military forces

Controlverb

lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits;

moderate your alcohol intakehold your tonguehold your tempercontrol your anger

Controlverb

handle and cause to function;

do not operate machinery after imbibing alcoholcontrol the lever

Controlverb

control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage;

She manipulates her bossShe is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow upThe teacher knew how to keep the class in lineshe keeps in line

Controlverb

verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments;

Are you controlling for the temperature?

Controlverb

verify by using a duplicate register for comparison;

control an account

Controlverb

be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something;

He verified that the valves were closedSee that the curtains are closedcontrol the quality of the product

Controlverb

have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of;

Do you control these data?