control - definition and synonyms


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  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. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 6
    [countable] a button or switch that makes a machine do something

    She adjusted the volume control slightly.

    1. a.


      [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.

  6. 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.

  7. 8
    [uncountable] the control key on a computer keyboard

    Press ‘control’ and ‘D’ to delete a line.

  8. 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.