contain (contains, present participle containing; past and past participle contained)
- (transitive) To hold inside.
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
- At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
- (transitive) To include as a part.
- (transitive) To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
- I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself!
- The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions.
- c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act INDUCTION, scene i]:
- Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves.
- 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗, page 16 ↗:
- Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
- (mathematics, of a set etc., transitive) To have as an element or subset.
- A group contains a unique inverse for each of its elements.
- If that subgraph contains the vertex in question then it must be spanning.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
- (hold inside) enclose, inhold
- (include as part) comprise, embody, incorporate, inhold
- (limit by restraint) control, curb, repress, restrain, restrict, stifle; See also Thesaurus:curb
- French: contenir
- German: enthalten
- Italian: contenere
- Portuguese: conter
- Russian: содержа́ть
- Spanish: contener