- vt. 包含；控制；容纳；牵制（敌军）
- vi. 含有；自制
CET4 TEM4 GRE 考 研 TOEFL CET6
1. con- "together" + -tain.
2. => hold together, enclose.
con-, 强调。-tain, 持，握，词源同detain, tension.
- contain:  Contain comes ultimately from Latin tenēre ‘hold’, source of a wide range of English words from abstain to tenor. In the case of contain the immediate ancestor, via Old French contenir, is Latin continēre ‘hold together, enclose, contain’, a compound formed with the prefix com- ‘together’. Contain still adheres fairly closely to the meaning of its Latin original, but other descendants, such as content, continent, continue, and countenance, have branched out a lot semantically.
=> abstain, content, continent, continue, countenance, retain, sustain, tenor
- contain (v.)
- late 13c., from Old French contein-, stem of contenir, from Latin continere (transitive) "to hold together, enclose," from com- "together" (see com-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Containable.
- 1. Our range of herbal teas contain no preservatives, colourings or artificial flavourings.
- 2. The offspring contain a mixture of the genetic blueprint of each parent.
- 3. She bought a travel-bag large enough to contain the film canisters.
- 4. Seven fire brigades were deployed to contain the blaze.
- 5. The problem was that the exhaust gases contain many toxins.
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