› [U] the power to give orders, make decisions, and take responsibility for something: take/keep/gain control of sth Banks threatened to take control of the business. Both parties are vying for control of the Senate. › [U] the ability to make someone or something do what you want: control over sb/sth Critics claim he was an ineffective manager, with virtually no control over his staff.seize/take control of sth Malware can seize control of a computer and use it for financial scams. › [U] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a large number of shares owned by one person or group, which gives them power to control its management: The family plans to sell control of its publishing empire for $2.5 billion. › [C or U] a limit on something, or the act of limiting something in order to stop it from becoming worse: control on sth If the independent operators corner the market there will be very little control on prices.strict/tight/tough controls Managers need to keep a tight control on costs.impose/introduce/tighten controls The government imposed controls that required vendors to sell some items below cost price.relax/remove/loosen control Controls were relaxed so that US manufacturers could participate more aggressively in the international market. › [C, usually plural] a switch or a piece of equipment with switches on it, used for operating a machine or vehicle: The plant was updated with new control panels for its industrial machinery. Investigators are still trying to determine who was at the controls when the company jet crashed.
in control › controlling something or having the power to control something: When negotiating a deal, it’s important that you remain calm and in control.be in control of sth She moved out of Sales and is now in control of the Marketing department.
out of control › if something is out of control, it cannot be dealt with successfully: be/get/spiral out of control One of their biggest priorities is to prevent costs from getting out of control.
under control › if a situation is under control, it is being dealt with successfully and is unlikely to create any problems: bring/get/keep sth under control The Fed would likely raise rates gradually to keep inflation under control. → See also budgetary control, change control, command and control, cost control, credit control, creeping control, exchange controls, import controls, inventory control, management control, market control, materials control, production control, quality control, stock control