Definition of Contain

1. Verb. Include or contain; have as a component. "The record contains many old songs from the 1930's"

Exact synonyms: Comprise, Incorporate
Generic synonyms: Include
Derivative terms: Incorporation

2. Verb. Contain or hold; have within. "They contain the animals"; "This can contains water"
Exact synonyms: Bear, Carry, Hold
Generic synonyms: Include
Related verbs: Hold, Take
Specialized synonyms: Retain, Confine, Enclose, Hold In
Derivative terms: Carry, Container, Content, Continent, Hold

3. Verb. Lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits. "Control your anger"

4. Verb. Be divisible by. "24 contains 6"
Category relationships: Arithmetic
Generic synonyms: Be

5. Verb. Be capable of holding or containing. "The flask holds one gallon"
Exact synonyms: Hold, Take
Generic synonyms: Be
Related verbs: Bear, Carry, Hold, Accommodate, Admit, Hold
Derivative terms: Hold

6. Verb. Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of. "Turn back the tide of communism"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Check, Hold Back, Stop, Turn Back
Specialized synonyms: Cut Down, Cut Out
Generic synonyms: Defend
Derivative terms: Containment, Containment, Stop

Definition of Contain

1. v. t. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.

2. v. i. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.

Definition of Contain

1. Verb. (transitive) : To hold inside. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) : To include as a part. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) : To limit through restraint. ¹

4. Verb. (mathematics of a set etc. transitive) To have as an element. ¹

5. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity. ¹

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Definition of Contain

1. to hold within [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contain

contagious abortion
contagious agalactia
contagious bovine pleuropneumonia
contagious bovine pyelonephritis
contagious caprine pleuropneumonia
contagious disease
contagious distribution
contagious ecthyma
contagious ecthyma virus of sheep
contagious pustular dermatitis
contagious pustular stomatitis virus
contain (current term)
container ship
container ships
container vessel

Literary usage of Contain

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"Since clays and similar derived material contain crystallized silica in a state ... Fats and oils which contain no oleic acid and which do not absorb iodin, ..."

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