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CONTAIN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contain mean? 

CONTAIN (verb)
  The verb CONTAIN has 6 senses:

1. include or contain; have as a component
2. contain or hold; have within
3. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
4. be divisible by
5. be capable of holding or containing
6. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

  Familiarity information: CONTAIN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTAIN (verb)


Sense 1contain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Include or contain; have as a component

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

contain; comprise; incorporate

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "contain" is one way to...):

include (have as a part, be made up out of)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2contain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contain or hold; have within

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

contain; carry; bear; hold

Context examples:

The jar carries wine / The canteen holds fresh water / This can contains water

Hypernyms (to "contain" is one way to...):

include (have as a part, be made up out of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contain"):

retain (hold within)

circle; encircle; environ; ring; round; surround (be around)

confine; enclose; hold in (close in or confine)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3contain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

curb; hold in; control; moderate; contain; check; hold

Context examples:

moderate your alcohol intake / hold your tongue / hold your temper / control your anger

Hypernyms (to "contain" is one way to...):

hold back; keep; keep back; restrain; suppress (keep under control; keep in check)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contain"):

counteract; countercheck (oppose or check by a counteraction)

thermostat (control the temperature with a thermostat)

bate (moderate or restrain; lessen the force of)

catch (check oneself during an action)

train (train to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it)

restrict (place under restrictions; limit access to)

abnegate; deny (deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure)

cricify; mortify; subdue (hold within limits and control)

damp (restrain or discourage)

conquer; curb; inhibit; stamp down; subdue; suppress (to put down by force or authority)

bound; confine; limit; restrain; restrict; throttle; trammel (place limits on (extent or access))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4contain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be divisible by

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

24 contains 6

Hypernyms (to "contain" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Domain category:

arithmetic (the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5contain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be capable of holding or containing

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

contain; hold; take

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "contain" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6contain [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

hold back; arrest; turn back; contain; stop; check

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "contain" is one way to...):

defend (be on the defensive; act against an attack)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contain"):

cut down; cut out (intercept (a player))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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