Meaning of CONTROL in English

(~s, ~ling, ~led)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


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 ~ of the company...

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

N-UNCOUNT: oft N of/over n

If you are in ~ of something, you have the power to make all the important decisions about the way it is run.

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

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

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, usu PHR of n

If something is under your ~, you have the power to make all the important decisions about the way that it is run.

All the newspapers were taken under government ~.

PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR


If you have ~ of something or someone, you are able to make them do what you want them to do.

He lost ~ of his car...

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

N-UNCOUNT: oft N of/over n


If you show ~, you prevent yourself behaving in an angry or emotional way.

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

He was working hard to keep ~ of himself.



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

He now ~s the largest retail development empire in southern California...

Minebea ended up selling its ~ling interest in both firms.

VERB: V n, V-ing


AGA Gas is Swedish-~led.

...the state-~led media.



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

...a computerised system to ~ the gates...

...the ~led production of energy from sugar by a cell.

VERB: V n, V-ed

-~led traffic lights.



When a government ~s prices, wages, or the activity of a particular group, it uses its power to restrict them.

The federal government tried to ~ rising health-care costs.


Control is also a noun.

Control of inflation remains the government’s absolute priority.

N-UNCOUNT: with supp


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

Jo was advised to learn to ~ herself...

I just couldn’t ~ my temper.

= restrain

VERB: V pron-refl, V n


Her manner was quiet and very ~led.

= restrained



To ~ something dangerous means to prevent it from becoming worse or from spreading.

One of the biggest tasks will be to ~ the spread of malaria.



A ~ 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 ~s.

...the ~ box.


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

He died of a heart attack while at the ~s of the plane.



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

Critics question whether price ~s would do any good...

They have very strict gun ~ in Sweden.



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.

N-VAR: n N


see also air traffic ~ , birth ~ , quality ~ , remote ~ , stock ~


If something is out of ~, no-one has any power over it.

The fire is burning out of ~...

PHRASE: usu v PHR, v-link PHR


If something harmful is under ~, it is being dealt with successfully and is unlikely to cause any more harm.

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

PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v

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