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control

verb [T]
 
 
/kənˈtrəʊl/
to be in charge of something or someone and have the power to make decisions relating to them: The Chicago-based holding company controls a global network of advertising and public relations agencies. Within five years the tech firm controlled 60% of the European market.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to own the most shares in a company and be the main owner: Avis' employees control the company through an employee stock option program.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to own a particular number of the shares in a company, and be one of its owners: She controls 7.5% of the company.control a stake in sth They currently control a 20% stake in the textile firm.
to limit the amount by which something is allowed to change, develop, or increase: If the program is adopted, the supply and price of sugar will be controlled through subsidies and import quotas.
to deal with a problem or situation successfully and stop it from becoming worse: control inflation/spending/debts Corporate spending was cut by 15% in an effort to control spiralling debts.
to make a machine, system, process, etc. operate in the way you want it to: All of the building's lighting and heating systems are controlled automatically.
(Definition of control verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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