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"contain" in British English

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containverb

uk   /kənˈteɪn/ 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 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.

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  • 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 started yelling at him.humorous Contain yourself! It's not that exciting.
(Definition of contain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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containverb [T]

us   /kənˈteɪn/
  • contain verb [T] (HAVE INSIDE)

(of an object or area) to have an amount of something inside or within it: How much liquid does this bottle contain? Each large crate contains 12 boxes.
  • contain verb [T] (INCLUDE)

to have as a part, or be equal to; include: The information contained on forms would be kept strictly confidential. Each food serving contains 95 calories. You could retrieve all files that contained certain key words.
  • contain verb [T] (CONTROL)

to keep within limits; not to allow to spread: Medical teams were scrambling to contain the illness that has already killed thousands in Latin America.
(Definition of contain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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