control

[[t]kəntro͟ʊl[/t]]
controls, controlling, controlled
1) N-UNCOUNT: oft N of/over n Control of an organization, place, or system is the power to make all the important decisions about the way that it is run.

The restructuring involves Mr Ronson giving up control of the company...

The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the republic's territory.

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, usu PHR of n If you are in control of something, you have the power to make all the important decisions about the way it is run.

Nobody knows who is in control of the club...

In the West, people feel more in control of their own lives.

PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If something is under your control, you have the power to make all the important decisions about the way that it is run.

All the newspapers were taken under government control.

2) N-UNCOUNT: oft N of/over n If you have control of something or someone, you are able to make them do what you want them to do.

He lost control of his car...

Some teachers have more control over pupils than their parents have.

3) N-UNCOUNT If you show control, you prevent yourself behaving in an angry or emotional way.

He had a terrible temper, and sometimes he would completely lose control...

He was working hard to keep control of himself.

4) VERB The people who control an organization or place have the power to take all the important decisions about the way that it is run.

[V n] He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California...

[V n] Almost all of the countries in Latin America were controlled by dictators...

[V-ing] Minebea ended up selling its controlling interest in both firms.

Derived words:
-controlled COMB in ADJ

AGA Gas is Swedish-controlled.

...the state-controlled media.

5) VERB To control a piece of equipment, process, or system means to make it work in the way that you want it to work.

[V n] ...a computerised system to control the gates...

[V n] Scientists would soon be able to manipulate human genes to control the ageing process.

[V-ed] ...the controlled production of energy from sugar by a cell.

Derived words:
-controlled COMB in ADJ

...computer-controlled traffic lights.

6) VERB When a government controls prices, wages, or the activity of a particular group, it uses its power to restrict them.

[V n] The federal government tried to control rising health-care costs.

[V n] ...measures to control illegal mining.

N-UNCOUNT: with supp
Control is also a noun.

Control of inflation remains the government's absolute priority.

7) VERB If you control yourself, or if you control your feelings, voice, or expression, you make yourself behave calmly even though you are feeling angry, excited, or upset.

[V pron-refl] Jo was advised to learn to control herself...

[V n] I just couldn't control my temper.

Syn:
Derived words:
controlled ADJ-GRADED

Her manner was quiet and very controlled.

8) VERB To control something dangerous means to prevent it from becoming worse or from spreading.

[V n] ...the need to control environmental pollution...

[V n] One of the biggest tasks will be to control the spread of malaria.

9) N-COUNT A control is a device such as a switch or lever which you use in order to operate a machine or other piece of equipment.

I practised operating the controls.

...the control box.

PHRASE If someone is at the controls of a machine or other piece of equipment, they are operating it.

He died of a heart attack while at the controls of the plane.

10) N-VAR Controls are the methods that a government uses to restrict increases, for example in prices, wages, or weapons.

Critics question whether price controls would do any good...

Their talks are expected to focus on arms control...

They have very strict gun control in Sweden.

11) N-VAR: n N The word control is used to refer to a place where your documents or luggage are officially checked when you enter a foreign country.

He went straight through Passport Control without incident.

...an agreement to abolish border controls.

13) PHRASE: usu v PHR, v-link PHR If something is out of control, no-one has any power over it.

The fire is burning out of control...

I'm dealing with customers all the time who have let their debts get out of control.

14) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If something harmful is under control, it is being dealt with successfully and is unlikely to cause any more harm.

The situation is under control...

If the current violence is to be brought under control, the government needs to act.


English dictionary. 2008.

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