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contain

[kuh n-teyn] /kənˈteɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to hold or include within its volume or area:
This glass contains water. This paddock contains our best horses.
2.
to be capable of holding; have capacity for:
The room will contain 75 persons safely.
3.
to have as contents or constituent parts; comprise; include.
4.
to keep under proper control; restrain:
He could not contain his amusement.
5.
to prevent or limit the expansion, influence, success, or advance of (a hostile nation, competitor, opposing force, natural disaster, etc.):
to contain an epidemic.
6.
to succeed in preventing the spread of:
efforts to contain water pollution.
7.
Mathematics. (of a number) to be a multiple of; be divisible by, without a remainder:
Ten contains five.
8.
to be equal to:
A quart contains two pints.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English conte(y)nen < Anglo-French contener, Old French contenir < Latin continēre, equivalent to con- con- + tenēre to hold (see tenet)
Related forms
containable, adjective
precontain, verb (used with object)
uncontainable, adjective
Synonyms
1. Contain, accommodate, hold, express the idea that something is so designed that something else can exist or be placed within it. Contain refers to what is actually within a given container. Hold emphasizes the idea of keeping within bounds; it refers also to the greatest amount or number that can be kept within a given container. Accommodate means to contain comfortably or conveniently, or to meet the needs of a certain number. A passenger plane that accommodates 50 passengers may be able to hold 60, but at a given time may contain only 30. 3. embody, embrace.
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Examples for containing
  • These are university machines containing sensitive research and information.
  • That's one reason why foods containing antioxidants are thought to be so healthy.
  • In the cold rooms, boxes containing flowers are attached to refrigeration units that infuse them with chilled air.
  • The room was little more than a large closet, containing a desk and a chair.
  • After much discussion, they picked a three-in-one volume containing two adventures they had previously read.
  • Peeling ointments, such as those containing salicylic acid, may be used on thickened lesions.
  • The valve is formed by a duplicature of the lining membrane of the atrium, containing a few muscular fibers.
  • It can even affect fingertips of those who text continuously on buttons containing nickel.
  • Several buildings were damaged by the tornadoes and some mobile homes containing offices were destroyed.
  • He was found with a satchel containing several full ammunition clips.
British Dictionary definitions for containing

contain

/kənˈteɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to hold or be capable of holding or including within a fixed limit or area this contains five pints
2.
to keep (one's feelings, behaviour, etc) within bounds; restrain
3.
to consist of; comprise the book contains three different sections
4.
(military) to prevent (enemy forces) from operating beyond a certain level or area
5.
(maths)
  1. to be a multiple of, leaving no remainder 6 contains 2 and 3
  2. to have as a subset
Derived Forms
containable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French contenir, from Latin continēre, from com- together + tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for containing
contain
late 13c., from O.Fr. contenir, from L. continere (transitive) "to hold together, enclose," from com- "together" + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Container (c.1500).
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