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  • Verb

contain

kuhn-TAYN

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Our egg carton contains or has twelve eggs in it, which is perfect since we only need two eggs for each of the six recipes we have. The recipe book contains or includes six kinds of chocolate chip cookies, which is what I am going to make today. I can barely contain or keep inside my excitement over trying out each of the recipes. My mom just now shook her head and said, “By the end of this cooking your stomach will contain or hold within it more cookies than can fit in an entire cookie jar!”

Quiz: Which two things below could contain things?

  • A jar and a water bottle.
  • A bee and a flyswatter.
  • A baseball card and a piece of damp paper.

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Container Contains Rain The word "rain" is contained within the word container, although it has splashed about a bit!

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con- with, together
-tain hold

When you “hold [things] together” you contain them, such as “holding together” fish in an aquarium.

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Lawrence Lee: May Contain Peanuts Warning Do you think this can of peanuts contains peanuts?
Contain

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container n something which is able to hold things, such as a box