- To restrain (one's feeling, oneself, etc.).
- To check the power, expansion, or influence of.
Does the soup contain meat? The poem contains many famous lines.
The can contains tea; the list contains 50 items.
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.
A gallon contains four quarts.
10 contains 5 and 2
I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself!
A group contains a unique inverse for each of its elements.
If that subgraph contains the vertex in question then it must be spanning.
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”).