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contain - Dictionary definition and meaning for word contain

(verb) include or contain; have as a component
Synonyms : comprise , incorporate
Example Sentence
  • A totally new idea is comprised in this paper
  • The record contains many old songs from the 1930's

(verb) contain or hold; have within
Synonyms : bear , carry , hold
Example Sentence
  • The jar carries wine
  • The canteen holds fresh water
  • This can contains water

(verb) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Synonyms : check , control , curb , hold , hold in , moderate
Example Sentence
  • moderate your alcohol intake
  • hold your tongue
  • hold your temper
  • control your anger

(verb) be divisible by
Example Sentence
  • 24 contains 6

(verb) be capable of holding or containing
Synonyms : hold , take
Example Sentence
  • This box won't take all the items
  • The flask holds one gallon

(verb) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
Synonyms : arrest , check , hold back , stop , turn back
Example Sentence
  • Arrest the downward trend
  • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
  • Contain the rebel movement
  • Turn back the tide of communism

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