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English verb: contain

1. contain (stative) include or contain; have as a component


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


Synonymscomprise, incorporate


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)include

2. contain (stative) contain or hold; have within


SamplesThe jar carries wine.
The canteen holds fresh water.
This can contains water.


Synonymsbear, carry, hold


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)include


Narrower (hyponym)confine, enclose, hold in, retain


Verb groupcontain, hold, take

3. contain (social) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits


SamplesModerate your alcohol intake.
Hold your tongue.
Hold your temper.
Control your anger.


Synonymscheck, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain


Narrower (hyponym)abnegate, bate, bound, catch, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, crucify, curb, damp, deny, inhibit, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, restrict, stamp down, subdue, subdue, suppress, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel

4. contain (stative) be divisible by


Samples24 contains 6.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Domain categoryarithmetic

5. contain (stative) be capable of holding or containing


SamplesThis box won't take all the items.
The flask holds one gallon.


Synonymshold, take


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Verb groupaccommodate, admit, bear, carry, contain, hold, hold

6. contain (competition) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of


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


Synonymsarrest, check, hold back, stop, turn back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)defend


Narrower (hyponym)cut down, cut out









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