What does contain mean?

Definitions for contain
kənˈteɪncon·tain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contain.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incorporate, contain, comprise(verb)

    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, contain(verb)

    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, moderate(verb)

    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. contain(verb)

    be divisible by

    "24 contains 6"

  5. contain, take, hold(verb)

    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 back(verb)

    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. contain(Verb)

    : To hold inside.

  2. contain(Verb)

    : To include as a part.

  3. contain(Verb)

    : To limit through restraint.

  4. contain(Verb)

    To have as an element.

  5. contain(Verb)

    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. Contain(verb)

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

  2. Contain(verb)

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

  3. Contain(verb)

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

  4. Contain(verb)

    to restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity

  5. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Verbs Frequency

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

How to pronounce contain?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say contain in sign language?

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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. Jonathan Napat:

    Just unbearable. Just too much to contain.

  2. Jonathan Eibeschutz:

    All pleasures contain an element of sadness.

  3. Michael Brown:

    And that's because it does not contain asbestos.

  4. Karen Smith:

    We were able to contain the outbreak within two months.

  5. Agriculture Phung Duc Tien:

    If it spreads further, it will be very difficult to contain.

Images & Illustrations of contain

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