con·​tain·​ment | \ kən-ˈtān-mənt How to pronounce containment (audio) \

Definition of containment

1 : the act, process, or means of keeping something within limits the containment of health costs
2 : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Making matters worse, the oddball design was too tall to fit inside a protective containment dome. James B. Meigs, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Both also make subversive use of containment and isolation, trapping their characters in remote settings while also opening up rich new dimensions of technological and evolutionary possibility. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Aimed ultimately at clearance and containment, police sweeps and interim housing make up two sides of a single approach—the iron fist and the velvet glove—as the state hands itself over to the interests of real estate. Tracy Rosenthal, The New Republic, 19 May 2022 The world has much to learn from Taiwan’s effective SARS-CoV-2 containment strategies and other public health measures. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 18 May 2022 While Americans were still gathering in large groups as if nothing was wrong, Australia’s Covid containment system was up and running. New York Times, 15 May 2022 One thing which could help firefighters increase containment is the wind forecast, projected to remain relatively light across the region during the next 24 hours. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 15 May 2022 The Hermits Peak Fire ignited April 6 after a prescribed burn grew out of the containment area due to winds.. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Its deep nuclear shelters, complete with old maps and radiation containment plans, dated to the Cold War. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of containment

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for containment

contain + -ment

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The first known use of containment was in 1655

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Last Updated

23 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Containment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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