- To contain is defined as to serve as a vessel or holder for something, to be made up of different things or the act of restraining yourself or your emotions.
- An example of contain is when a house has furniture within it.
- An example of contain is when a book has five different short stories within it.
- An example of contain is when you want to cry but don't.
- to have in it; hold, enclose, or include: the can contains tea, the list contains 50 items
- to have the capacity for holding
- to be equivalent to: a gallon contains four quarts
- to hold back or within fixed limits; specif.,
- to restrain (one's feeling, oneself, etc.)
- to check the power, expansion, or influence of
- to be divisible by, esp. without a remainder: 10 contains 5 and 2
Origin of containMiddle English conteinen ; from Old French contenir ; from Classical Latin continere, to hold ; from com-, together + tenere, to hold: see thin
transitive verbcon·tained, con·tain·ing, con·tains
- a. To have within; hold: a bin that contains rice.b. To be capable of holding: These barrels contain 50 gallons.
- To have as a component or constituent part; include: Does the soup contain meat? The poem contains many famous lines.
- a. To hold or keep within limits; restrain: I could hardly contain my curiosity.b. To halt the spread or development of; check: Science sought an effective method of containing the disease.
- To check the expansion or influence of (a hostile power or ideology) by containment.
- Mathematics To be exactly divisible by.
Origin of containMiddle English conteinen, from Old French contenir, from Latin continēre : com-, com- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present contains, present participle containing, simple past and past participle contained)
- To hold inside.
- To include as a part.
- To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
- I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself!
- (mathematics, of a set etc.) To have as an element.
- A group contains a unique inverse for each of its elements.
- If that subgraph contains the vertex in question then it must be spanning.
From Middle English, from Old French contenir, from Latin continere (“to hold or keep together, comprise, contain”), combined form of con- (“together”) + teneō (“to hold”).