- 1The power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events: the whole operation is under the control of a production manager the situation was slipping out of her controlMore example sentences
- The fact that they failed to do so was dictated to some degree by events outside their direct control.
- It is doubtful whether he had any particular control over the course of events.
- The director would not have day-to-day control or financial power over the other agencies.
- 1.1The ability to manage a machine, vehicle, or other moving object: he lost control of his car improve your ball controlMore example sentences
- Parked cars were damaged when the driver of a car lost control on a roundabout and collided with them yesterday.
- It is understood that around 10 am, the driver of the car lost control after colliding with a lorry.
- Last December a car lost control and hit the wall near the village hall.
- 1.2The restriction of an activity, tendency, or phenomenon: pest controlMore example sentences
- Their fields of activity include soil conservation, gardening, and natural pest control.
- To continue, hunts would have to meet the twin tests of preventing cruelty and being necessary for pest control.
- Severely infested grains and cheese usually require fumigation to achieve control of these pests.
- 1.3The power to restrain something, especially one’s own emotions or actions: give children time to get control of their emotionsMore example sentences
- He says that no matter how tough these guys appear there often comes a time when they lose control of their emotions.
- Sometimes I think that it would be good to be one of those people who are in total control of their emotions.
- She knew she was losing control over her emotions.
- 1.4 (often controls) A means of limiting or regulating something: growing controls on local spendingMore example sentences
- The market will become unfettered by regulation - the modest controls on the internet to protect consumers, for example, are to be dumped on the grounds that they impose burdens on business.
- The department, which is responsible for official controls on animal feed, did not disclose where the contaminated premixture was found.
- In the 1920s the state imposed controls on freight charges.
- 1.5A switch or other device by which a machine is regulated: the volume controlMore example sentences
- Even the cheapest alarms have an on/off switch and a volume control, something that many people seem to forget.
- Voice dialling and other key phone functions can be activated using the vehicles' steering wheel controls.
- Many complain that the modern car is home to a confusing and unnecessary multitude of buttons, switches and controls.
- 1.6The place where a particular item is verified: passport controlMore example sentences
- All this means is that passport control can verify that you are who you say you are.
- In the shop after passport control, some goods were being sold at high-street prices.
- If you get your visa in the UK before you go, you can skip this queue, go direct to passport control and be first in the baggage reclaim queue.
- 1.7The base from which a system or activity is directed: communications could be established with central control mission controlMore example sentences
- Our reporter is at mission control in Houston.
- How do you stay calm in mission control when the lives of human beings rest on the decisions you will make next?
- All the monitors in mission control blacked out.
- 2 Statistics A group or individual used as a standard of comparison for checking the results of a survey or experiment: they saw no difference between the cancer patients and the controlsMore example sentences
- Intact leaves selected the evening before the experiments served as controls.
- Compared with controls, significant results remained for deliberate self-harm in moderately and severely victimized individuals.
- Dr Duncan found that only one of the groups, the third group, showed any apparent effect in comparison with the control group.
- 3A member of an intelligence organization who personally directs the activities of a spy.More example sentences
- The title refers to the time when an outside spy has to ‘come in from the cold’ and take a sedentary job as another spy's control or even some menial desk assignment until the mandatory age limit forces retirement.
- Blunt joined MI5, now allowing him to expand his services beyond recruiting and giving him opportunities to transmit secret documents to his KGB control.
- He detests the amorality of his C.I.A. control.
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- 1 [with object] Determine the behavior or supervise the running of: he was appointed to control the company’s marketing strategyMore example sentences
- In addition to the presidential race, November's election will determine which party controls the next Congress.
- A small number of states could determine which party controls the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
- If the election is as tight as it promises to be, they could well determine who controls the US Senate.
- 1.1Maintain influence or authority over: you shouldn’t have dogs if you can’t control themMore example sentences
- The whole point of a blog is that its author controls its content.
- In London, many people defied a request by police to avoid meeting in Trafalgar Square, where authorities often have trouble controlling the rowdier celebrants.
- By controlling influential committees, the Prime Minister can also ensure that he drives the policies of these committees.
- 1.2Limit the level, intensity, or numbers of: he had to control his temperMore example sentences
- By tightly controlling your blood sugar levels, intensive insulin therapy can help prevent long-term diabetes complications such as kidney damage.
- Mr Keaney said noise and dust generated by the quarry could be controlled by conditions limiting the hours of operation and the cleaning of the public roads.
- He also called upon the citizens to launch a green revolution to control increasing pollution levels in the City.
- 1.3 (control oneself) Remain calm and reasonable despite provocation: he made an effort to control himselfMore example sentences
- I was walking away, thinking how silly I was to have reacted like that, next time I should be calmer, and control myself.
- Section 3 requires that the accused should have made reasonable efforts to control himself within the limits of what he is reasonably able to do.
- Visibly struggling to control himself, he finally calmed down somewhat and began to pace.
- 1.4Regulate (a mechanical or scientific process): the airflow is controlled by a fanMore example sentences
- Scientists believe they will be able to develop treatments for deafness due to the discovery of the gene they believe controls the process that enables us to hear.
- The researchers' initial goal was to learn what controls this process.
- This aspect of the process was controlled through separate instrumentation.
- 1.5 (as adjective controlled) (Of a drug) restricted by law with respect to use and possession: a sentence for possessing controlled substancesMore example sentences
- This would mean that a controlled drug could not be changed to a restricted substance without the controlled drug classification being removed by Parliament first.
- On 6th September 1996 he had been sentenced to three years' imprisonment for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.
- However, late in the day police began to wind down the operation after arresting a man for possession of controlled drugs.
- 2 [no object] Statistics (control for) Take into account (an extraneous factor that might affect results) when performing an experiment: no attempt was made to control for variations (as adjective controlled) a controlled trialMore example sentences
- However, dialect was not a significant predictor of male mating success when controlling for other factors that might affect paternity.
- When researchers controlled for socioeconomic factors, the differences were more subtle but still there.
- The within-subjects design of this experiment controls for any differences in sex and age.
- 2.1Check; verify.More example sentences
- This is also the third year that we rigorously controlled the results to check and verify that every vote, totaling more than 20,000, was legitimate.
- Able to direct a situation, person, or activity: I felt calm and in controlMore example sentences
- It's all very efficient but strange for me to not be in control of a situation for the first time.
- People need to feel that they are in control of their health and that what they do directly impinges on it.
- He can decide on the spur of the moment whether to do a concert or not and is totally in control of his life.
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- No longer possible to manage: fires burning out of controlMore example sentences
- They also attended the larger organised events to make sure the fires were not burning out of control.
- Health service chiefs were accused today of allowing hospital superbugs to run out of control.
- A motorist whose car spun out of control and smashed into a tree on a country road near York has died in hospital.
- (Of a danger or emergency) being dealt with successfully and competently: it took two hours to bring the blaze under controlMore example sentences
- The fire brigade soon had the blaze under control and were able to extinguish it swiftly.
- Her husband attempted to battle the flames but was forced back and wasn't able to bring it under control.
- If tax rises are to be avoided, Government spending needs to be brought under control.
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- Our taste for technology in the kitchen will be tempted by new induction cookers - electric-powered stoves offering the controllability of gas.
- The machine's precision hydraulics and fine controllability will be put to good use by the Navy.
- This hazard threatens the airplane's controllability.
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- Financial aid must continue to be a very large expenditure, but it must become a controllable expenditure.
- When moving at high speed, the car was also considerably stable and controllable.
- He was in excruciating pain that was barely controllable by the drugs he'd been given.
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- Nuclear, fossil fuel and some hydro stations are capable of running at full load controllably and continuously apart from pre-planned routine maintenance periods.
- John Pethica of the University of Oxford agrees, but notes that ‘what may really matter is what you can do controllably with large collections of atoms.’
- They carried themselves with the swagger of combat veterans - self-assured, young, fit, armed to the teeth and controllably dangerous.
late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'check or verify accounts', especially by referring to a duplicate register): from Anglo-Norman French contreroller 'keep a copy of a roll of accounts', from medieval Latin contrarotulare, from contrarotulus 'copy of a roll', from contra- 'against' + rotulus 'a roll'. The noun is perhaps via French contrôle.