con·​tained kən-ˈtānd How to pronounce contained (audio)
: restrained
also : calm

Examples of contained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That outcome isn’t more likely than a more contained scenario, which would limit the war to a ground offensive in Gaza and have almost no long-term global economic consequences. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2023 Thirty-one packages, at least some of which were bloody and contained animal eyes, have been sent to embassies in 15 countries. James Bikales, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 Although the universe is forever expanding and often feels incomprehensible, tide pools offer us a glimpse into a beautiful, contained microecosystem. Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 Finally, the residue from shard #744 contained plant oils, animal fats, byproducts that may have come from fermentation (to make wine or beer), and sulfur. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022 The protests that break out in towns and villages often involve workers, farmers or other locals aggrieved by job losses, land disputes, pollution or other issues that usually remain contained. Amy Chang Chien, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2022 Rules about gaseous liquids in space requires, among other things, all pressure to remain contained in the bottle. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2022 Though debt service costs remain contained for now, rising borrowing costs for indebted governments threatened the eurozone with a breakup in the early part of the last decade. Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 15 June 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'contained.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contained was in 1653

Dictionary Entries Near contained

Cite this Entry

“Contained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!