contain

The verb contain has many shades of meaning but it often describes something that's held back or held in by something. Kids on the last day of school may find it hard to contain their glee when summer officially starts.

Picture Times Square on New Year's Eve. People can barely contain — or hold back — their excitement at being there. They clutch cups that contain — or hold — hot drinks that help them stay warm. The police set up barriers to contain — or restrain — the crowd to keep everyone under control. The next morning, the heaps of trash on the street will contain — or include — streamers, party hats, and cups.

Primary Meanings of contain

1.
v
contain or hold; have within
2.
v
hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
3.
v
be divisible by
Full Definitions of contain
1

v contain or hold; have within

“This can contains water”
Synonyms:
bear, carry, hold
hold, take
be capable of holding or containing
Types:
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retain
hold back within
confine, enclose, hold in
close in; darkness enclosed him"
border, bound
form the boundary of; be contiguous to
embank
enclose with banks, as for support or protection
rail, rail in
enclose with rails
box in, box up
enclose or confine as if in a box
frame
enclose in a frame, as of a picture
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

v include or contain; have as a component

“The record contains many old songs from the 1930's”
Synonyms:
comprise, incorporate
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

v be capable of holding or containing

Synonyms:
hold, take
bear, carry, hold
contain or hold; have within
accommodate, admit, hold
have room for; hold without crowding
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
2

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

Contain the rebel movement”
Synonyms:
arrest, check, hold back, stop, turn back
Types:
cut down, cut out
intercept (a player)
Type of:
defend
be on the defensive; act against an attack

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

Synonyms:
check, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
Types:
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bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority
damp
restrain or discourage
crucify, mortify, subdue
hold within limits and control
abnegate, deny
deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
restrict
place under restrictions; limit access to
train
cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
catch
check oneself during an action
bate
moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
thermostat
control the temperature with a thermostat
counteract, countercheck
oppose or check by a counteraction
blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
reduce, tighten
narrow or limit
tie
limit or restrict to
gate
restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
draw a line, draw the line
reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
mark off, mark out
set boundaries to and delimit
harness, rein, rule
keep in check
baffle, regulate
check the emission of (sound)
cramp, halter, hamper, strangle
prevent the progress or free movement of
dampen, stifle
smother or suppress
choke back, choke down, choke off
suppress
constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up
restrict
clamp down, crack down
repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
inhibit
limit the range or extent of
burke
get rid of, silence, or suppress
silence
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
hold back
muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
mortify
practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
classify
declare unavailable, as for security reasons
taboo
declare as sacred and forbidden
trellis
train on a trellis, as of a vine
scant, skimp
limit in quality or quantity
localise, localize
restrict something to a particular area
Type of:
hold back, keep, keep back, restrain
keep under control; keep in check
3

v be divisible by

“24 contains 6”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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