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English definition of “contain”

contain

verb [T]  /kənˈteɪn/ us  

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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