Contain Definition

contained, containing, contains
contained, containing, contains
To restrain one's feelings.
Webster's New World
To have in it; hold, enclose, or include.
The can contains tea; the list contains 50 items.
Webster's New World
To have the capacity for holding.
Webster's New World
To have as a component or constituent part; include.
Does the soup contain meat? The poem contains many famous lines.
American Heritage
To be equivalent to.
A gallon contains four quarts.
Webster's New World

Origin of Contain

  • 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

  • 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

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