Meaning of “contain” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /kənˈteɪn/
Extra Examples
This product contains only natural ingredients.Coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant.The water contains unacceptable levels of pollution.Your stomach contains acid to help you digest your food.The museum contains some of his best creations.

B1 If one thing contains another, it has it inside it:

He gave her a box containing a diamond ring.

B2 to have something as a part:

Does this drink contain alcohol?

to control something by stopping it from spreading:

The police were unable to contain the fighting.

to control your emotions:

He could barely contain his anger.
[ often reflexive ] I could not contain myself any longer.

(Definition of “contain” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)