control

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/kənˈtrəʊl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kənˈtroʊl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kən trōl)


Inflections of 'control' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
controls
v 3rd person singular
controlling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
controlled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
controlled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
control
Control can be a verb or a noun.
used as a verb
If someone controls something such as a country or an organization, they have the power to take all the important decisions about the way it is run.
The Australian government at that time controlled the island.
His family had controlled the company for more than a century.
When control is a verb, it is not followed by a preposition.
used as a noun
Control is also used as a noun to refer to the power that someone has in a country or organization. You say that someone has control of a country or organization, or control over it.
Mr Ronson gave up control of the company.
The first aim of his government would be to establish control over the area.
another meaning
Control is used as a noun to refer to a place where your documents and luggage are officially checked when you enter a foreign country.
I went through passport control into the departure lounge.
Don't use control as a verb to mean ‘check’ or ‘inspect’. Don't say, for example, ‘My luggage was controlled’. You say ‘My luggage was checked’ or ‘My luggage was inspected’.
I had to wait while the baggage was being checked.
The guard took his ID card and inspected it.
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