contain

contain
con|tain
W1S2 [kənˈteın] v [T]
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1¦(container/place)¦
2¦(writing/speech)¦
3¦(substance)¦
4¦(control feelings)¦
5¦(stop something)¦
6¦(maths)¦
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[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: contenir, from Latin continere 'to hold together, hold in, contain', from com- ( COM-) + tenere 'to hold']
1.) ¦(CONTAINER/PLACE)¦
if something such as a bag, box, or place contains something, that thing is inside it
The thieves stole a purse containing banknotes.
The museum contains a number of original artworks.
2.) ¦(WRITING/SPEECH)¦
if a document, book, speech etc contains something, that thing is included in it
The letter contained information about Boulestin's legal affairs.
be contained in/within sth
The proposed changes are contained in a policy statement.
3.) ¦(SUBSTANCE)¦
if a substance contains something, that thing is part of it
This product may contain nuts.
4.) ¦(CONTROL FEELINGS)¦
to control strong feelings of anger, excitement etc
Jane couldn't contain her amusement any longer.
contain yourself
He was so excited he could hardly contain himself.
5.) ¦(STOP SOMETHING)¦
to stop something from spreading or escaping
Doctors are struggling to contain the epidemic.
measures aimed at containing political opposition
6.) ¦(MATHS)¦
technical to surround an area or an angle
How big is the angle contained by these two sides?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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