contain

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contain(
kuhn
-
teyn
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to have within)
a. contener
The drawer contained nothing but a small notebook.El cajón contenía solo un pequeño cuaderno.
2. (to prevent from spreading)
a. contener
The firefighters were able to contain the fire.Los bomberos pudieron contener el fuego.
3. (to restrain)
a. contener
She could hardly contain her excitement.Apenas pudo contener su emoción.
4. (to control oneself)
a. contenerse
I couldn't contain myself any longer. I had to eat that chocolate.Ya no pude contenerme. Tenía que comer ese chocolate.
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contain
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (hold, include)
a. contener
2. (control)
a. contener
I could scarcely contain my indignationapenas podía contener la indignación
to contain oneselfcontenerse
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contain [kənˈteɪn]
transitive verb
(all senses) contener
to contain o.s. contenerse
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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