1 control /kənˈtroʊl/ verb
controls; controlled; controlling
1 control
controls; controlled; controlling
Learner's definition of CONTROL
[+ object]
: to direct the behavior of (a person or animal) : to cause (a person or animal) to do what you want
: to have power over (something)
: to direct the actions or function of (something) : to cause (something) to act or function in a certain way
: to set or adjust the amount, degree, or rate of (something)
: to limit the amount or growth of (something)
: to keep (emotions, desires, etc.) from becoming too strong or from being shown
: to keep or make (yourself) calm especially when you are angry, upset, or excited

— controllable

/kənˈtroʊləbəl/ adjective [more controllable; most controllable]
2 control /kənˈtroʊl/ noun
plural controls
2 control
plural controls
Learner's definition of CONTROL
[noncount] : the power to make decisions about how something is managed or done
[noncount] : the ability to direct the actions of someone or something
◊ If you lose control or lose control of yourself, you become very angry, upset, or excited.
◊ If people or things are out of control, they cannot be handled or managed with success.
: an action, method, or law that limits the amount or growth of something
see also biological control, birth control, gun control, quality control, rent control, damage control at 1damage
[count] : a device or piece of equipment used to operate a machine, vehicle, or system
◊ If you are at the controls, you are controlling a vehicle.
see also remote control
[singular] : the group of people who direct or control something (such as the flight of an aircraft)
see also mission control
[count] : a person, thing, or group that is not treated with something that is being tested in an experiment in order to allow comparison with a treated person, thing, or group

in control

: having control of something
: not overly upset or excited : calm and able to think and act in a sensible way

under control

: able to be handled or managed with success : not out of control