- 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.