contain Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "contain" - English Dictionary

See all translations

containverb

uk   us   /kənˈteɪn/

contain verb (HOLD)

B1 [T not continuous] to have something inside or include something as a part: How much liquid do you think this bottle contains? I've lost a file containing a lot of important documents. Try to avoid foods which contain a lot of fat. The allegations contained in this report are very serious.
More examples

contain verb (CONTROL)

[T not continuous] to keep something harmful within limits and not allow it to spread: Farms in the area have been closed off in an attempt to contain the disease. More police were sent to help contain the violence.C2 [T often in negatives] to control or hide a strong emotion, such as excitement or anger: She could no longer contain her anger and shouted at him uncontrollably.humorous Contain yourself! It's not that exciting.
(Definition of contain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of contain?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “contain” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
hurdle

a frame or fence for jumping over in a race

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More