containment

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noun con·tain·ment \kən-ˈtān-mənt\

Definition of containment

  1. 1 :  the act, process, or means of keeping something within limits the containment of health costs

  2. 2 :  the policy, process, or result of preventing the expansion of a hostile power or ideology

Examples of containment in a Sentence

  1. The company's hazardous waste containment plan is being reviewed.

  2. The government needs to adopt a containment strategy.

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Origin and Etymology of containment

contain + -ment


First Known Use: 1655


CONTAINMENT Defined for English Language Learners

containment

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Definition of containment for English Language Learners

  • : the act of preventing the spread of something

  • : actions that are intended to keep an unfriendly government from getting more power



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