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Principal Translations
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contener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("[b]di[/b] la verdad", "[b]encontré[/b] una moneda"). (encerrar, incluir)contain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  include vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El set contiene varios utensilios de pintura.
 The set contains several painting supplies.
contener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("[b]di[/b] la verdad", "[b]encontré[/b] una moneda"). (reprimir un impulso)control vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (formal)contain, restrain, repress vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Contuvo su nerviosismo a pesar de que sentía mucho miedo.
 He controlled his anxiety, despite the fact that he was very scared.
 
Additional Translations
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contenerse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (comprenderse en algo)contain viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  be contained, be included vi + adj
Note: Poco usado.
 Tres hipótesis se contuvieron en la investigación.
 The investigation contained three hypotheses.
contenerse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (emoción: reprimirse)hold back vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
  contain yourself, restrain yourself vtr + refltransitive verb and reflexive pronoun: Transitive verb with reflexive pronoun--for example, "Enjoy yourself." "They behaved themselves."
 Estábamos furiosos pero nos contuvimos por prudencia.
 We were livid but held back out of caution.
contenerse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (algo: sujetarse) (controlled)contain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  be contained vi + adj
 Se contuvo la propagación del virus.
 The spread of the virus was contained.
contener vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("[b]di[/b] la verdad", "[b]encontré[/b] una moneda"). (sujetar, detener) (force)hold back vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
  (formal)contain, restrain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (tendency, movement)curb, check vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (breath)hold vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 La vieja presa contenía el agua del río.
 The old dam held back the water from the river.
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2020:

Compound Forms:
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contener el aliento loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (aguantar la respiración)hold your breath vtr +n
 Los nadadores deben ser capaces de contener el aliento por mucho tiempo.
 Swimmers should be able to hold their breath for a long time.
contener errores vtr + nmpl (tener datos erróneos) (mistakes present)contain errors vtr + npl
  (minimize mistakes)keep errors down v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
contener las lágrimas loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (reprimir el llanto)hold (your) tears back v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  bottle up ((your) emotion v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Cuando la escuché interpretar esa canción, no pude contener las lágrimas.
  Is something important missing? Report an error or suggest an improvement.

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