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Meaning of “control” - Learner’s Dictionary

control

noun     /kənˈtrəʊl/
POWER [U] B2 the power to make a person, organization, or object do what you want: The new teacher has no control over the class. The police are in control of the situation. The place was in chaos, and nobody seemed to be in control. He lost control of the vehicle.Power to control
RULE [U] B2 the power to rule or govern an area: Soldiers took control of the airport.Ruling and governing
under control B2 being dealt with successfully: Don't worry - everything's under control. I couldn't keep my drinking under control.Controlling and being in charge
out of control B2 If something or someone is out of control, you cannot influence, limit, or direct them: The mob was completely out of control.Uncontrolled
RULE [C, U] B2 a rule or law that limits something: The government has introduced tighter immigration controls.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
CALM [U] the ability to be calm: It took a lot of control to stop myself from hitting him.Calm and relaxed
EQUIPMENT [C] B2 a switch or piece of equipment that you use to operate a machine or vehicle: Where's the volume control on your stereo?Electrical switches and connections
OFFICIAL PLACE [C, U] B2 a place where something official, usually a document, is checked: passport/immigration control Buildings in generalShops, markets and auctionsRestaurants and cafes
IN EXPERIMENT [C] a person or thing that is used to compare with someone or something that is having an experiment done on them →  See also birth control , remote control , self-control Testing, checking and experimenting
(Definition of control noun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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