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To limit or control something or someone - thesaurus

Synonyms

draw a line in the sand

to set a limit beyond which someone cannot go without suffering serious consequences

limit

verb

to prevent a number, amount, or effect from increasing past a particular point

control

verb

to keep something at the correct level

keep down

to control something and prevent it from increasing in size or number

determine

verb

to control what something will be

restrict

verb

to keep something within strict limits

curb

verb

to control or limit something that is harmful

confine

verb

formal to keep an activity within particular limits

cure

verb

to control or get rid of a bad habit, feeling, or attitude

contain

verb

to keep something within limits

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attach a condition (to something)

to allow something only if someone agrees to a condition

cap

verb

to set a limit on the amount of money that someone can spend or charge

circumscribe

verb

to limit something such as power, rights, or opportunities

condition

verb

formal to control or influence something

confine

verb

if something is confined to one area or group of people, it happens only in that area or affects only that group of people

conquer

verb

to gain control of a situation or emotion by making a great physical or mental effort

constrict

verb

formal to limit what someone is able or allowed to do

curtail

verb

formal to reduce or limit something, especially something good

delimit

verb

formal to set the limits of something

delineate

verb

formal to decide or show the exact limits of something

demarcate

verb

formal to decide the limits of something, especially the borders of an area

dominate

verb

to control something or someone, often in a negative way, because you have more power or influence

govern

verb

to control the way that things happen

handle

verb

to control an animal or a vehicle using your hands

hedge with

to make special conditions for something so that you do not have to follow the usual rules

keep

verb

to control something so that it stays within a limit

keep

verb

to stay within a limit

keep a tight grip/rein/hold on something

to control something in a very strict way

keep/hold someone/something in check

to control someone or something that might cause damage or harm

keep/put a lid on something

to keep something strongly under control

keep to

to prevent an amount or number from passing a limit

localize

verb

formal to limit the size of an area that something affects and to prevent it from spreading farther

marginalize

verb

to prevent someone from having power or influence

mark off

to mark the limits of an area using a line, fence, rope, etc.

overregulate

verb

to make too many laws and rules that control an activity, especially a type of business or industry

peg out

to mark a piece of land with metal or wooden pegs

place

verb

if you place limits, responsibilities, pressures, etc. on someone, you make them experience them

police

verb

to check that organizations or people behave correctly

provide

verb

legal to contain statements or plans that set conditions for dealing with a particular issue

ration

verb

to control the supply of something such as food so that people are allowed only a particular amount

regulate

verb

to control an activity, process, or industry officially by using rules

regulate

verb

to control something so that it produces the results that you want

regulate

verb

to control the way your body works

rein in

to limit or control something that has developed too much or has continued for too long

relax your grip/hold

to control something less strictly

release

verb

formal to allow someone not to have to do something

seize

verb

to gain control in a situation

set

verb

to establish a rule, standard, limit, etc. that people must follow

stem

verb

to stop something from spreading or increasing, especially something bad

stem the tide (of something)

to stop something from increasing or continuing

stipulate

verb

formal to say what is allowed or what is necessary

tame

verb

to bring something under control

tie

verb

if something ties you to a particular place or situation, you cannot leave it

tighten

verb

to make a set of rules stricter or harder to avoid

tighten up

to be stricter or more serious about something such as a policy or a rule

tighten your grip on something

to begin to control someone or something more strictly

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