Contain meaning

kən-tān
To be exactly divisible by.
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To hold back or within fixed limits.
  • To restrain (one's feeling, oneself, etc.).
  • To check the power, expansion, or influence of.
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To have as a component or constituent part; include.

Does the soup contain meat? The poem contains many famous lines.

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To have in it; hold, enclose, or include.

The can contains tea; the list contains 50 items.

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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.

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To check the expansion or influence of (a hostile power or ideology) by containment.
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To be equivalent to.

A gallon contains four quarts.

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To be divisible by, esp. without a remainder.

10 contains 5 and 2

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To restrain one's feelings.
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To include as a part.
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To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.

I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself!

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(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.

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To have the capacity for holding.
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Origin of contain

  • Middle English conteinen from Old French contenir from Latin continēre com- com- tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary