Definition of contain
- efforts to contain Communism
- The box contains old letters.
The room was barely big enough to contain everyone who came to the meeting.
The book contains over 200 recipes.
The article contains information on how to plan your retirement.
foods that contain a high level of fat
The movie contains something for both children and adults.
State health officials have succeeded in containing the virus.
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: to have (something) inside
: to have or include (something)
: to keep (something) from spreading : to keep (something) within limits
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to pay off by making regular payments
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