|Origin:||contenir, from Latin continere 'to hold together, hold in, contain', from com- ( COM-) + tenere 'to hold'|
con‧tain S2 W1 [transitive]
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.
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 something
The proposed changes are contained in a policy statement.
if a substance contains something, that thing is part of it:
This product may contain nuts.
to control strong feelings of anger, excitement etc:
Jane couldn't contain her amusement any longer.
He was so excited he could hardly contain himself.
to stop something from spreading or escaping: ➔ self-contained
Doctors are struggling to contain the epidemic.
measures aimed at containing political opposition
to surround an area or an angle:
How big is the angle contained by these two sides?