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contain

con·tain

contain

 
 
pronunciation:
kn teIn
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: contained, containing, contains
definition 1: to hold or have within.
Cheese contains a good deal of salt.The building contains two sets of staircases.Wine contains more alcohol than beer.
 
synonyms:
hold
similar words:
carry, enclose, incorporate, surround
definition 2: to be able to hold or have within.
A tablespoon contains three teaspoons.
synonyms:
accommodate, carry, hold
definition 3: to hold back or set limits on; establish boundaries for; restrict.
He struggled to contain his emotions.I couldn't contain my laughter after hearing that remark.The dogs are contained by a tall fence.
synonyms:
control, hold, repress, restrain, suppress
similar words:
check, curb, inhibit, limit, stifle
definition 4: to have as components or contents; include.
The water molecule contains two hydrogen atoms.
synonyms:
comprehend, comprise, have, include
similar words:
cover, embrace, encompass, incorporate
derivation: containable (adj.)