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control

noun [C/U]  /kənˈtroʊl/ us  
the ability or power to decide or strongly influence the particular way in which something will happen or someone will behave, or the condition of having such ability or power: [U] The first few months he was running the company, Randy didn’t really feel in control. [U] The man lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. [U] The fire was out of control for nearly two hours before firefighters were able to get it under control. A control is a rule or law that sets a limit on something: [C] She argued for tightening controls on air pollution.

control

verb [T]  /kənˈtroʊl/ (-ll-) us  
to decide or strongly influence the particular way in which something will happen or someone will behave: It’s hard to control your temper when you’re two years old. The temperature is controlled by a thermostat.
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