- 1 [recipiente/producto/mezcla] to contain la carta contenía acusaciones muy serias the letter contained some very serious accusations contiene lanolina contains lanolin
- 2 (parar, controlar) [infección/epidemia] to contain; [respiración] to hold; [risa/lágrimas] to contain [formal], to hold back; [invasión/revuelta] to contain la policía intentaba contener a la gente the police tried to hold back o contain o restrain the crowd dejó estallar aquella furia contenida he let out all that pent up o/or bottled up rage
contenerse v pron
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In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.