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Definition 1: hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of - [verb of competition]

Samples where contain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for contain in the sense of this definition

(contain is a kind of ...) be on the defensive; act against an attack

(... is a kind of contain ) intercept (a player)

Samples where contain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for contain in the sense of this definition

(contain is a kind of ...) prevent the action or expression of

"hold back your anger" "keep your cool" "she struggled to restrain her impatience at the delays"

(... is a kind of contain ) control the temperature with a thermostat

(... is a kind of contain ) moderate or restrain; lessen the force of

"He bated his breath when talking about this affair" "capable of bating his enthusiasm"

(... is a kind of contain ) check oneself during an action

"She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"

(... is a kind of contain ) cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it

"train the vine"

(... is a kind of contain ) deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure

"She denied herself wine and spirits"

(... is a kind of contain ) hold within limits and control

"subdue one's appetites" "mortify the flesh"

(... is a kind of contain ) restrain or discourage

"the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"

(... is a kind of contain ) bring under control by force or authority

"suppress a nascent uprising" "stamp down on littering" "conquer one's desires"

(... is a kind of contain ) oppose or check by a counteraction

Definition 3: include or contain; have as a component - [verb of stative]

Samples where contain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for contain in the sense of this definition

(contain is a kind of ...) have as a part, be made up out of

"The list includes the names of many famous writers"

Definition 4: be divisible by - [verb of stative]

Samples where contain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 24 contains 6

(contain is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(contain belongs to category ...) the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations

Definition 5: contain or hold; have within - [verb of stative]

Samples where contain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for contain in the sense of this definition

(contain is a kind of ...) have as a part, be made up out of

"The list includes the names of many famous writers"

(... is a kind of contain ) hold back within

"This soil retains water" "I retain this drug for a long time" "the dam retains the water"

(... is a kind of contain ) close in

"darkness enclosed him"

(contain has a similar meaning as ...) be capable of holding or containing

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

Definition 6: be capable of holding or containing - [verb of stative]

Samples where contain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for contain in the sense of this definition

(contain is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(contain has a similar meaning as ...) contain or hold; have within

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

(contain has a similar meaning as ...) have room for; hold without crowding

"This hotel can accommodate 250 guests" "The theater admits 300 people" "The auditorium can't hold more than 500 people"

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