What does contain mean?

Definitions for contain
kənˈteɪncon·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incorporate, contain, compriseverb

    include or contain; have as a component

    "A totally new idea is comprised in this paper"; "The record contains many old songs from the 1930's"

  2. hold, bear, carry, containverb

    contain or hold; have within

    "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"

  3. control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderateverb

    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

    "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"

  4. containverb

    be divisible by

    "24 contains 6"

  5. contain, take, holdverb

    be capable of holding or containing

    "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"

  6. check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold backverb

    hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

    "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

Wiktionary

  1. containverb

    To hold inside.

  2. containverb

    To include as a part.

  3. containverb

    To limit through restraint.

  4. containverb

    To have as an element.

  5. containverb

    To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.

    But if they can not contain, let them marry. uE00097647uE001 1 Cor. vii. 9.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Containverb

    to hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold

    Etymology: [OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir, fr. L. continere, -tentum; con- + tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Countenance.]

  2. Containverb

    to have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks

    Etymology: [OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir, fr. L. continere, -tentum; con- + tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Countenance.]

  3. Containverb

    to put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds

    Etymology: [OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir, fr. L. continere, -tentum; con- + tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Countenance.]

  4. Containverb

    to restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity

    Etymology: [OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir, fr. L. continere, -tentum; con- + tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Countenance.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contain

    kon-tān′, v.t. to comprise, to include: (B.) to restrain, esp. the sexual appetite.—adj. Contain′able, that may be contained.—ns. Contain′ant, Contain′er. [Through Fr. from L. continērecon, together, tenēre, to hold.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'contain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2225

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    Rank popularity for the word 'contain' in Verbs Frequency: #129

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contain in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of contain in a Sentence

  1. Don Sodora:

    In the typical ways to contain these types of outbreaks, you want to identify the patients very quickly. You want to make sure that people who are feverish and have the disease do not leave an area, the hemorrhagic fever viruses have a number of issues that make them particularly problematic with regard to transmission. They have this initial period when people are infected but don't show symptoms, and that's a problem.

  2. Rudy Giuliani:

    At no time did either one of them say they wanted to contain damage, at no time did the State Department in communication with me ever relay any of that information you're talking about.

  3. Nicholas Weaver:

    All this is to saythat there is relatively high confidence that these files contain genuine NSA material, without a doubt, they’re the keys to the kingdom.

  4. Stephen Kohn:

    It’s in the American public’s interest to contain more damage.

  5. Wojciech Wiewiorowski:

    The EDPS often stresses that such developments usually do not contain the possibility to step back when the emergency is gone. I would like to stress that such solution should be still recognised as extraordinary.

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