- 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 bottled up rage
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Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
La movida madrileña is an expression referring to the Madrid social and cultural scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the people involved in it. It was a youth phenomenon based around night spots in the city, such as the now defunct club Rock-Ola. One of the leading lights of the movida was the movie director Pedro Almodóvar.