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Meaning of "control" in Essential American English Dictionary

control

noun   /kənˈtroʊl/
[no plural] the power to make a person or thing do what you want: The new teacher has no control over the class. He lost control of the car.
under control
If a situation is under control, things are happening in the way that you want them to: Don’t worry – everything’s under control.
out of control
behaving very badly and not stopped by anyone: The children were out of control.
beyond your control/out of control
If something or someone is beyond your control or out of control, you cannot influence or direct them: There’s nothing we can do – the situation is beyond our control. The car skidded and went out of control.
a switch or other device used to operate a machine: Where’s the volume control on your phone?
a place where something official, usually a document, is checked: passport control
take control
to start to rule or govern an area: The dictator took control of the country in 1933.
(Definition of control noun from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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