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contain

verb (CONTROL)    /kənˈteɪn/
[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.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding 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.Controlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions
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