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Definitions of contain

  1. To hold; keep within bounds; inclose; to be equivalent to; to hold back: used reflexively; as, she could scarcely contain herself; to be exactly divisible by. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To hold together: to comprise, to include: to restrain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To comprise; include; hold; restrain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To have room for; hold; enclose. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. be divisible by; "24 contains 6" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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 Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To be able to hold; to have capacity; to comprehend; to hold within limits; to include; to embrace; to inclose. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Container. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for contain

  1. It seems to me now to contain the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about that particular book, and to allow for whatever I may have done in verse since then. – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
  2. As for me, I could not contain myself. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 13 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
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