› [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.
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.