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con·tain

 (kən-tān′)
tr.v. con·tained, con·tain·ing, con·tains
1.
a. To have within; hold: a bin that contains rice.
b. To be capable of holding: These barrels contain 50 gallons.
2. To have as a component or constituent part; include: Does the soup contain meat? The poem contains many famous lines.
3.
a. To hold or keep within limits; restrain: I could hardly contain my curiosity.
b. To halt the spread or development of; check: Science sought an effective method of containing the disease.
4. To check the expansion or influence of (a hostile power or ideology) by containment.
5. Mathematics To be exactly divisible by.

[Middle English conteinen, from Old French contenir, from Latin continēre : com-, com- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tain′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: contain, hold1, accommodate
These verbs mean to have or be able to have within. Contain means to have within or have as a part or constituent: The box contained emergency medical supplies. The book contains some amusing passages.
Hold stresses capacity for containing: The gas tank holds 15 gallons when full.
Accommodate refers to capacity for holding comfortably: The restaurant accommodates 50 customers.

contain

(kənˈteɪn)
vb (tr)
1. to hold or be capable of holding or including within a fixed limit or area: this contains five pints.
2. to keep (one's feelings, behaviour, etc) within bounds; restrain
3. to consist of; comprise: the book contains three different sections.
4. (Military) military to prevent (enemy forces) from operating beyond a certain level or area
5. (Mathematics) maths
a. to be a multiple of, leaving no remainder: 6 contains 2 and 3.
b. to have as a subset
[C13: from Old French contenir, from Latin continēre, from com- together + tenēre to hold]
conˈtainable adj

con•tain

(kənˈteɪn)

v.t.
1. to hold or include within its volume or area: This glass contains water.
2. to have as contents or constituent parts; comprise; include.
3. to be capable of holding; have capacity for.
4. to keep under proper control; restrain: He could not contain his amusement.
5. to prevent or limit the advance, spread, or influence of: to contain an epidemic.
6. (of a number) to be a multiple of; be divisible by, without a remainder: Ten contains five twice.
7. to be equal to: A quart contains two pints.
[1250–1300; Middle English conte(y)nen < Anglo-French contener, Old French contenir « Latin continēre <con- + -tinēre <tenēre to hold (see tenet)]
con•tain′a•ble, adj.
syn: contain, hold, accommodate express the idea that something is so designed that something else can exist or be placed within it. contain refers to what is actually within a given container. hold emphasizes the idea of keeping within bounds; it refers also to the greatest amount or number that can be kept within a given container. accommodate means to contain comfortably or conveniently, or to meet the needs of a certain number. A plane that accommodates fifty passengers may be able to hold sixty, but on a given flight may actually contain only thirty.

contain

To stop, hold, or surround the forces of the enemy or to cause the enemy to center activity on a given front and to prevent the withdrawal of any part of the enemy's forces for use elsewhere.

contain


Past participle: contained
Gerund: containing

Imperative
contain
contain
Present
I contain
you contain
he/she/it contains
we contain
you contain
they contain
Preterite
I contained
you contained
he/she/it contained
we contained
you contained
they contained
Present Continuous
I am containing
you are containing
he/she/it is containing
we are containing
you are containing
they are containing
Present Perfect
I have contained
you have contained
he/she/it has contained
we have contained
you have contained
they have contained
Past Continuous
I was containing
you were containing
he/she/it was containing
we were containing
you were containing
they were containing
Past Perfect
I had contained
you had contained
he/she/it had contained
we had contained
you had contained
they had contained
Future
I will contain
you will contain
he/she/it will contain
we will contain
you will contain
they will contain
Future Perfect
I will have contained
you will have contained
he/she/it will have contained
we will have contained
you will have contained
they will have contained
Future Continuous
I will be containing
you will be containing
he/she/it will be containing
we will be containing
you will be containing
they will be containing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been containing
you have been containing
he/she/it has been containing
we have been containing
you have been containing
they have been containing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been containing
you will have been containing
he/she/it will have been containing
we will have been containing
you will have been containing
they will have been containing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been containing
you had been containing
he/she/it had been containing
we had been containing
you had been containing
they had been containing
Conditional
I would contain
you would contain
he/she/it would contain
we would contain
you would contain
they would contain
Past Conditional
I would have contained
you would have contained
he/she/it would have contained
we would have contained
you would have contained
they would have contained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.contain - 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"
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"
2.contain - contain or holdcontain - contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"
contain, hold, take - be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
retain - hold back within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water"
hold in, enclose, confine - close in; darkness enclosed him"
3.contain - lessen the intensity ofcontain - 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"
confine, limit, throttle, trammel, restrain, restrict, bound - place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends"
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, suppress, subdue, curb - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
damp - restrain or discourage; "the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"
mortify, subdue, crucify - hold within limits and control; "subdue one's appetites"; "mortify the flesh"
abnegate, deny - deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and spirits"
keep back, restrain, hold back, keep - keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
restrict - place under restrictions; limit access to; "This substance is controlled"
train - cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it; "train the vine"
catch - check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
bate - moderate or restrain; lessen the force of; "He bated his breath when talking about this affair"; "capable of bating his enthusiasm"
thermostat - control the temperature with a thermostat
countercheck, counteract - oppose or check by a counteraction
4.contain - be divisible by; "24 contains 6"
arithmetic - the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
5.contain - be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
contain, bear, carry, hold - contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
accommodate, admit, hold - 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"
6.contain - 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"
cut down, cut out - intercept (a player)
defend - be on the defensive; act against an attack

contain

verb
1. hold, incorporate, accommodate, enclose, have capacity for Factory shops contain a wide range of cheap furnishings.
2. include, consist of, embrace, comprise, embody, comprehend The committee contains 11 Democrats and nine Republicans.
3. restrain, control, hold in, curb, suppress, hold back, stifle, repress, keep a tight rein on The city authorities said the curfew had contained the violence.

contain

verb
1. To be filled by:
2. To have the room or capacity for:
4. To bring one's emotions under control:
Idiom: cool it.
Translations
يَحْتَوييَحْتَوَى عَلَىيُسَيطِر عَلى، يَحْبِس
obsahovatovládnout
indeholderummebekæmpeholde nede
sisältää
sadržati
halda í skefjuminnihalda
含む
담고 있다
indasturėti
apvaldītietvertsaturēt
ovládnuť
vsebovati
innehålla
มี
içermekiçinde bulun makkontrol altına almaktutmak
chứa đựng

contain

[kənˈteɪn] VT (all senses) → contener
to contain o.scontenerse

contain

[kənˈteɪn] vt
(= hold) → contenir
[+ ingredient] → contenir
[+ information, images] → renfermer
(= hold in check) [+ anger, curiosity] → contenir
to contain o.s. → se contenir, se maîtriser
(= control) [+ growth] → maîtriser

contain

vt
(= hold within itself)enthalten; the envelope contained moneyim Umschlag befand sich Geld, der Umschlag enthielt Geld
(= have capacity for: box, bottle, room) → fassen
(= control) emotions, oneselfbeherrschen; tearszurückhalten; laughterunterdrücken; disease, inflation, sb’s powerin Grenzen halten; epidemic, floodaufhalten, unter Kontrolle bringen; enemyin Schach halten; (Sport) → in Schach halten; attackabwehren; he could hardly contain himselfer konnte kaum an sich (acc)halten
(Math) angleeinschließen

contain

[kənˈteɪn] vtcontenere; (fire, disease) → arginare
to contain o.s. → contenersi

contain

(kənˈtein) verb
1. to keep or have inside. This box contains a pair of shoes; How much milk does this jug contain?
2. to control. He could hardly contain his excitement.
conˈtainer noun
1. something made to contain things. He brought his lunch in a plastic container.
2. a very large sealed metal box for carrying goods on a lorry, ship etc. The ship carried twenty containers; (also adjective) a container ship, a container lorry.

contain

يَحْتَوَى عَلَى obsahovat indeholde enthalten περιέχω contener sisältää contenir sadržati contenere 含む 담고 있다 bevatten inneholde zawrzeć conter содержать innehålla มี içermek chứa đựng 包含

contain

vt. contener; reprimir.

contain

vt contener
References in classic literature ?
It is remarkable, also, as containing in its preface the germ of an idea, which has been since proved to have been correct by a strange chain of circumstances.
was found to be divided into two books, the one containing a hundred and twenty-five, and the other ninety-five fables.
However, were the forty-four thousand eight hundred and forty-seven cubic feet of gas of which we speak, all introduced into the balloon, it would be entirely filled; but that would not do, because, as the balloon continued to mount into the more rarefied layers of the atmosphere, the gas within would dilate, and soon burst the cover containing it.
At the farther end of this charming room was an open doorway, and he crossed over to find himself in a bedroom containing more comforts than the shaggy man had ever before imagined.
My companion in crime now unrolled a postage-stamp containing several cartridges, and gave me one of them.
The ample heavy folds of the velvet left just room at the two corners of the wall for two little upright cabinets in buhl, containing rows of drawers, and supporting two fine bronze productions (reduced in size) of the Venus Milo and the Venus Callipyge.
I took out first a loose bundle of ornamental cards, each containing the list of dishes at past banquets given or attended by the Major in London or Paris; next, a box full of delicately tinted quill pens (evidently a lady's gift); next, a quantity of old invitation cards; next, some dog's-eared French plays and books of the opera; next, a pocket-corkscrew, a bundle of cigarettes, and a bunch of rusty keys; lastly, a passport, a set of luggage labels, a broken silver snuff-box, two cigar-cases, and a torn map of Rome.
When it was objected that Priests and Women had no sides, they retorted that Nature and Expediency concurred in dictating that the front half of every human being (that is to say, the half containing his eye and mouth) should be distinguishable from his hinder half.
the half containing eye and mouth) red, and with the hinder half green.
In the middle stood a little frame containing relics; at the corners were two little orange-trees, and all along the edge were silver candlesticks, porcelain vases containing sun-flowers, lilies, peonies, and tufts of hydrangeas.
They were untouched; the hundred louis he had reserved for his journey from Rome to Venice were in his trousers pocket, and in that of his great-coat he found the little note-case containing his letter of credit for 5,050,000 francs.
It was, indeed, Peppino who was preparing to mount guard as comfortably as possible by seating himself opposite to the door, and placing between his legs an earthen pan, containing chick-pease stewed with bacon.