Pronunciation: (kun-tān'),[key] —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.