Adjective "contain" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Have or hold (someone or something) within.
  1. 'The sacred nature of these figures was thus established by an explanatory narrative that did not succeed in containing their meaning within a completely familiar context.'
  2. 'Can I just follow this logic through: that if a method of briefing of the media is not contained within the organisation's media strategy, it should not be done.'
  3. 'My house is not contained within an invisible force field.'
  4. 'Read Cole's post, which is long and contains links within it, carefully; he explains the most effective way to protest and why.'
  5. 'The coils are contained within a steel cylinder fitted with fins, which would float just below the surface of the water, anchored to the sea-bed by chains, and rotated by the force of the tides.'
  6. 'One local media report recently said that the baked sweet potatoes sold along the road might have been cooked in barrels that once contained chemicals, persuading people not to eat them.'
  7. 'Imagine how many more fascinating tales are contained within the walls of the old-age institutions!'
  8. 'All human life is contained within the covers of the hardback, coffee table book which runs to 227 pages and contains a wonderful collection of musings and anecdotes.'
  9. 'Mitochondria are minute structures vital to energy production within a cell that contain genes that are located outside a cell's nucleus, home to most of the cell's genes.'
  10. 'First, the rendered moment is contained within a larger narrative frame, one predicated on the conventions of reproduction.'
  11. 'documents containing both text and simple graphics can be created'
  12. 'The entire text contains excellent figures and illustrations that help explain difficult concepts and interactions.'
  13. 'This scheme contains a number of amendments, including the amalgamation of some smaller polling districts and their polling stations.'
  14. 'The binding interface consists mainly of polar and charged residues, and contains a number of buried water molecules.'
  15. 'It has since been discovered that these materials were not suitable for use, containing a number of contaminants, including carcinogenic chemicals.'
  16. 'As the game progresses, a given cup can contain any number of beans, but the total number remains 48.'
  17. 'The lengthy letter contained a number of criticisms, including describing his article as ‘garbled rubbish’.'
  18. 'This is because the remaining code still contains a vast number of characteristic features of the iris.'
  19. 'Each part has a brief introduction and contains a number of photographs and extracts from documents, roughly divided under more or less cryptic chapter headings.'
  20. 'Our sweat contains a number of different substances, including pheromones that can have powerful affects on the hormone systems of others who are physically close to us.'
  21. 'It contains a large number of mostly amoeboid organisms, including such significant groups as the radiolarians and foraminiferans.'
  22. 'This fraction contains both the ER and the Golgi complex, because these compartments have densities between 1.13 and 1.17 in tobacco leaf cells.'
  23. 'Let F u (u >) be the smallest Fibonacci number containing the prime p.'
Control or restrain (oneself or a feeling)
  1. 'Shelley hopped from one foot to the other, barely able to contain herself.'
  2. 'I was extremely excited, to the point that I could barely contain myself.'
  3. 'When he said that, I could barely contain myself.'
  4. 'When I first saw this performed I could barely contain myself.'
  5. 'She could not contain herself or her affection.'
  6. 'They all seemed to be so angry they could barely contain themselves.'
  7. 'I'm so proud in so many ways right now I can barely contain myself.'
  8. 'She could barely contain herself from squealing.'
  9. 'She backed out of the office barely able to contain herself from skipping and jumping about like some demented grasshopper.'
  10. 'As she approached, Adrian could barely contain himself from running down the aisle and kissing Julie right there.'
  11. 'the government has already taken steps to contain the disease'
  12. 'It is important to carry out inspections on eateries and fruit juice outlets and intensify measures to contain the spread of such diseases.'
  13. 'Six of the blazes were considered to be spreading and not yet contained.'
  14. 'However, the scientists interviewed hoped that, by understanding past outbreaks, future epidemics might be prevented or contained.'
  15. 'The Government has already initiated an action plan to prevent and contain the spread of HIV / AIDS.'
  16. 'The Scottish farms were being kept under close observation by vets who have spearheaded the monitoring operation to contain the rapidly spreading disease.'
  17. 'At every step when the problem could have been contained, it was not.'
  18. 'Throughout the meeting, delegates stressed the need for not only containing the problem of terrorism but also preventing the situation from escalating.'
  19. 'The pain of the new fuel policy can be contained if the government fully implements its package of fiscal incentives and reform measures introduced on Saturday.'
  20. 'The Minister for Agriculture has again warned of the dangers of complacency creeping into the efforts to contain and prevent further outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.'
  21. 'The fire, which was quickly extinguished, was basically contained in one area although it had spread through the ceiling into an adjacent room.'

More definitions

1. to hold or include within its volume or area: This glass contains water. This paddock contains our best horses.

2. to be capable of holding; have capacity for: The room will contain 75 persons safely.

3. to have as contents or constituent parts; comprise; include.

4. to keep under proper control; restrain: He could not contain his amusement.

5. to prevent or limit the expansion, influence, success, or advance of (a hostile nation, competitor, opposing for

More examples(as adjective)

"reports can be contain on themes."

"horizons can be contain over ms."

"films can be contain such as judiciaries."

"films can be contain such as clergies."

"buildings can be contain up to capacities."

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Middle English: from Old French contenir, from Latin continere, from con- ‘altogether’ + tenere ‘to hold’.