—containable, adj./keuhn tayn"/, v.t.1. to hold or include within its volume or area: This glass contains water. This paddock contains our best horses.2. to be capable of holding; have capacity for: The room will contain 75 persons safely.3. to have as contents or constituent parts; comprise; include.4. to keep under proper control; restrain: He could not contain his amusement.5. to prevent or limit the expansion, influence, success, or advance of (a hostile nation, competitor, opposing force, natural disaster, etc.): to contain an epidemic.6. to succeed in preventing the spread of: efforts to contain water pollution.7. Math. (of a number) to be a multiple of; be divisible by, without a remainder: Ten contains five.8. to be equal to: A quart contains two pints.[1250-1300; ME conte(y)nen < AF contener, OF contenir < L continere, equiv. to con- CON- + tenere to hold (see TENET)]Syn. 1. CONTAIN, ACCOMMODATE, HOLD, express the idea that something is so designed that something else can exist or be placed within it. CONTAIN refers to what is actually within a given container. HOLD emphasizes the idea of keeping within bounds; it refers also to the greatest amount or number that can be kept within a given container. ACCOMMODATE means to contain comfortably or conveniently, or to meet the needs of a certain number. A passenger plane that ACCOMMODATES 50 passengers may be able to HOLD 60, but at a given time may CONTAIN only 30. 3. embody, embrace.
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