con·​tain·​ment kən-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce containment (audio)
: the act, process, or means of keeping something within limits
the containment of health costs
: the policy, process, or result of preventing the expansion of a hostile power or ideology

Examples of containment in a Sentence

The company's hazardous waste containment plan is being reviewed. The government needs to adopt a containment strategy.
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Word History


contain + -ment

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of containment was in 1655

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“Containment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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