Date: | 1200-1300 |

Language: | Old French |

Origin: | contenir, from Latin continere 'to hold together, hold in, contain', from com- ( COM-) + tenere 'to hold' |

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con‧tain S2 W1 [transitive]

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.

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.

5## stop something

to stop something from spreading or escaping : ➔ self-contained

Doctors are struggling to contain the epidemic.

measures aimed at containing political opposition

6## maths

technicalHM to surround an area or an angle :

How big is the angle contained by these two sides?

Definition of contain from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within

the topic MATHS

the topic MATHS

angle
arc
area
axis
base
C
calculator
constant
contain
cos
curve
cut
diameter
dimension
domain
equal(a)
equal(v)
express
expression
face
figure
formula
function
graph
grid
log
math
mathematics
matrix
mean
minute
multiply
N
number
parallel
percentage
pi
plane
plus(n)
plus(a)
plus sign
power
proof
ratio
root
scale
section
segment
solid(a)
solid(n)
solution
solve
square(a)
square(n)
square(v)
square(a)
sum
term
value
variable
vector
vertical
volume
work
X

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