contain


contain
[[t]kənte͟ɪn[/t]]
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contains, containing, contained
1) VERB: no cont If something such as a box, bag, room, or place contains things, those things are inside it.

[V n] The bag contained a Christmas card...

[V n] Factory shops contain a wide range of cheap furnishings...

[V n] The 77,000-acre estate contains five of the highest peaks in Scotland.

2) VERB: no cont If a substance contains something, that thing is a part of it.

[V n] Greek yogurt contains much less fat than double cream...

[V n] Many cars run on petrol which contains lead.

3) VERB: no cont If writing, speech, or film contains particular information, ideas, or images, it includes them.

[V n] This sheet contained a list of problems a patient might like to raise with the doctor...

[V n] The two discs also contain two of Britten's lesser-known song-cycles.

4) VERB: no cont If a group or organization contains a certain number of people, those are the people that are in it.

[V n] The committee contains 11 Democrats and nine Republicans.

5) VERB If you contain something, you control it and prevent it from spreading or increasing.

[V n] More than a hundred firemen are still trying to contain the fire at the plant...

[V n] The city authorities said the curfew had contained the violence.

Syn:
6) VERB If you cannot contain a feeling such as excitement or anger, or if you cannot contain yourself, you cannot prevent yourself from showing your feelings.

[V pron-refl] But he was bursting with curiosity, and one day he just couldn't contain himself. `What are you going to do?' he asked...

[V n] Evans could barely contain his delight: `I'm so proud of her,' he said.

7) See also self-contained

English dictionary. 2008.

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