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containernoun [C]

uk   /kənˈteɪ.nər/  us   /kənˈteɪ.nɚ/
B2 a ​hollowobject, such as a ​box or a ​bottle, that can be used for ​holding something, ​especially to ​carry or ​store it: an ​airtight container a ​plasticdrinks container
a very ​largemetalbox used for ​transportinggoods: a container ​ship/​lorry

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(Definition of container from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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containernoun [C]

 us   /kənˈteɪ·nər/
a ​hollowobject, such as a ​box or a ​bottle, which can be used for ​holding something esp. for the ​purposes of ​carrying or ​storing: plasticmilk containers
(Definition of container from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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containernoun [C]

uk   us   /kənˈteɪnər/
a hollow ​object, such as a ​box or a bottle, which can be used for ​holding something, especially to ​carry or ​store it: After ​opening, ​transfer the ​contents of the tin to a ​plastic container for ​storage.
TRANSPORT a very large metal ​box used for ​transportinggoods: a cargo/​freight/​shipping container a container ​lorry/​ship/​truckcontainer business/traffic Around three-quarters of the world's 50-billion ​dollar container ​business is still done under ​servicecontracts.a container port/terminal Hong Kong ​ranked as the world's second ​busiest container ​port last ​year, after Singapore.
(Definition of container from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “container”
in Arabic حاوِية…
in Korean 용기…
in Portuguese recipiente…
in Catalan recipient…
in Japanese 容器…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指用于运输或储存的)容器, 集装箱, 货箱…
in Turkish kap, sandık, varil…
in Russian емкость, коробка…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指用於運輸或儲存的)容器, 貨櫃…
in Italian contenitore…
in Polish pojemnik…
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