Dictionary.com

self-contained

[ self-kuhn-teynd, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf kənˈteɪnd, ˌsɛlf- /
Save This Word!

adjective
containing in oneself or itself all that is necessary; independent.
reserved or uncommunicative.
self-controlled or self-possessed.
(of a machine or mechanism) complete in itself.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of self-contained

First recorded in 1585–95

OTHER WORDS FROM self-contained

self-con·tain·ed·ly [self-kuhn-tey-nid-lee, self-], /ˈsɛlf kənˈteɪ nɪd li, ˌsɛlf-/, adverbself-con·tain·ed·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-contained in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for self-contained

self-contained

adjective
containing within itself all parts necessary for completeness
(of a flat) having its own kitchen, bathroom, and lavatory not shared by others and usually having its own entrance
able or tending to keep one's feelings, thoughts, etc, to oneself; reserved
able to control one's feelings or emotions in the presence of others

Derived forms of self-contained

self-containedly, adverbself-containedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK