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noun control pronunciation in British English /kənˈtrəʊl/
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pluralcontrols
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the power to make decisions about something and decide what should happen
    control of: When Marie’s father died, control of the business passed into her hands.
    have control of/over something: Dr Davies believes that children should have control over their own lives.
    take control of something: When we took control of the company, it was losing money.
    gain/lose control of something: Democrats are hoping to gain control of the House of Representatives at the next election.
    be/come under someone’s control: The island is now under French control.
    beyond/outside someone’s control: Decisions on financial matters are outside my control.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the power to make something such as a vehicle, machine, or animal do what you want
    lose control of something: The driver lost control of the vehicle on an icy road.
    regain control of something: He failed to regain control of the aircraft, and it crashed moments later.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a law, agreement, or method that limits something
    an international agreement on arms control
    wage and price controls
    control on: new controls on the importing of live animals
    tighter controls on vehicle emissions
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  4. 4
    [uncountable] the ability to stop something from increasing or becoming dangerous
    The police were called in to help with crowd control.
    control of: Control of inflation is the government’s top priority.
  5. 5
    [uncountable] the ability to remain calm even when you are feeling upset or angry
    lose control: The defendant had lost control after telling the victim several times to leave him alone.
    keep control: They sat in silence, struggling to keep control of their emotions.
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  6. 6
    [countable] a button or switch that makes a machine do something
    She adjusted the volume control slightly.
    1. a.

      controls

      [plural] the instruments used for operating a large vehicle, especially an aircraft
      be at the controls: We were reassured to know that an experienced pilot was now at the controls.
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  7. 7
    [countable] science a group of people or things that is compared with the people or things being used in a scientific test in order to show whether the test has an effect or not
    Half of the control group suffered further heart attacks, compared with only 12% of those receiving the treatment.
  8. 8
    [uncountable] the control key on a computer keyboard
    Press ‘control’ and ‘D’ to delete a line.
  9. 9
    [uncountable] the process of checking to make certain that rules or standards are being applied
    It took us two hours to get through passport control.

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