contain Meaning, Definition & Usage
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
verb contain or hold; have within
carry; hold; bear.
- 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
control; moderate; hold in; curb; hold; check.
- moderate your alcohol intake
- hold your tongue
- hold your temper
- control your anger
verb be divisible by
- 24 contains 6
verb be capable of holding or containing
- 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
turn back; stop; hold back; arrest; check.
- Arrest the downward trend
- Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
- Contain the rebel movement
- Turn back the tide of communism
Con*tain" transitive verb
To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.
Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens can not contain thee; how much less this house! 2 Chron. vi. 18.
When that this body did contain a spirit. Shak.
What thy stores contain bring forth. Milton.
To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel. containsfour pecks
To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.Obs., exept as used reflexively.
The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions. Spenser.
Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves. Shak.
Con*tain" intransitive verb
To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
But if they can not contain, let them marry. 1 Cor. vii. 9.
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