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.verb
- 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: ME conteinen < OFr contenir < L continere, to hold < com-, together + tenere, to hold: see thin
- containable adjective
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transitive verb con·tained, con·tain·ing, con·tains
- a. To have within; hold.b. To be capable of holding.
- To have as component parts; include or comprise: The album contains many memorable songs.
- 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: Middle English conteinen, from Old French contenir, from Latin continēre : com-, com- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- con·tainˈa·ble adjective