What does contain mean?

Definitions for contain
kənˈteɪncon·tain

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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

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

  2. Contain(verb)

    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. Contain(verb)

    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. Contain(verb)

    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.]

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

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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. Wellington Moreira Franco:

    We have to build a national agreement as soon as possible to restore confidence, contain inflation, rebalance the government's accounts and restore growth.

  2. Isabelle Defourny:

    The high mortality rate is tragic for the populations and makes it even harder to contain the epidemic because the patients, in the absence of effective treatments, are understandably reticent about coming to centres.

  3. Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle:

    In the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse, in addition, there has been one threat of violence using a firearm. This has occurred in three short hours and in the face of clear medical evidence that face coverings helps contain the spread of Covid-19.

  4. Daniel Day Lewis:

    The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.

  5. Danny McCabe:

    The men's lacrosse team's regular-season pregame warm-up music is selected as a team and approved for use so long as they do not contain vulgarity or inappropriate subject matter, the songs they proposed and used this season meet those guidelines.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. extroversive
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